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Tribal Tourism

Follow the footprints of goats, and come with me. Walk with the music and let your heart beat with waves. Between the sea and mountains lies a kingdom of arts and dreams. This is, Pisirian.
Playing Drums and Singing, Recalling the Memory of Goat Husbandry

Tribal Story

Playing Drums and Singing, Recalling the Memory of Goat Husbandry

"Siri," in the Amis language, means goat. In the early days, goats were everywhere in the tribe. The tribe therefore was named "Pisirian," the place of goat husbandry. Over the past few years, the Pisirian Tribe has been losing its young and middle-aged generations. To take care of the children who receive insufficient and inappropriate care because their parents work in other places, the tribe has created the "PawPaw Drum" to educate these children and pass on the tribal culture with songs of their mother tongue. With limited resources, the cultural center of Pisirian, Home of the PawPaw Drum, was established. In addition, under the leadership of the international artist Ra Hei Zi, the tribe created driftwood goats by hand, making the land of goat husbandry reborn.

Handmade Bread and Delicacies - Taste the Culture of Pisirian

Local Diet

Handmade Bread and Delicacies - Taste the Culture of Pisirian

Without a fixed menu but with fresh seasonal food, we need no complicated cooking techniques but still can present you all sorts of exquisite delicacies. Feta cheese, pumpkins, tangerines, thorny onions and Chinese hibiscus grown in the tribe all represent the life elements of Pisirian. Chefs of Jimmy S.P.A. Co., Ltd. and the tribe people moreover integrate the Amis food culture into bread-making process for tourists to enjoy the life in Pisirian with each bite.

Authentic Journey

Rhythm of Life - PawPaw Drum
Rhythm of Life - PawPaw Drum

In the Amis language, "PawPaw" means a float on the sea. To care for the children who receive insufficient care because their parents make a living out of Pisirian, the PawPaw Drum Band was born in Pisirian under the promotion of the artist Zhi-Ming Fan and the director general Chun-Mei Chen of Sansian Community Development Association. In early days, the base of a PawPaw drum was made with the root of thorny bamboo. However, because the material was too difficult to obtain, people started to utilize the driftwood generated by the typhoon season. Also, traditional Amis weaving, totem and carving are used to decorate the drum which is an eco-friendly music instrument with features of the tribe and which contains the blood of Nature and culture.

Art Walk in the Tribe
Art Walk in the Tribe

The natural conditions of Pisirian together with the tribe's enthusiasm and efforts have stimulated the tribe's musical and art talent. People of the Pisirian Tribe keep an optimistic attitude toward life, respect Nature, and always show hospitality to visitors. Thanks to the intermediation of East Coast National Scenic Area Administration, Pisirian has found the resonance with Jimmy S.P.A. Co., Ltd., ignited creative sparks with each other, and become one of the venues of "Corners of Jimmy's World-Taitung Exhibition." The exhibition, 11 painted walls and driftwood goats in the streets and alleys will keep surprising the visitors of Pisirian.

Woodcarving Experience-You can be a natural-born artist!
Woodcarving Experience-You can be a natural-born artist!

大Wooden goats in different sizes stand in a row. Take a step forward to feel the delicate touch and gentle fragrance of wooden plates, spoons, chopsticks, tablespoons and rice spatulas. Every handmade wood carved artifact shows that the artistic talent of Amis lies not only in singing and painting, but also in woodcarving. Why not visit Pisirian and DIY a small wooden goat of your own?

Suggested Itineraries

two-day trip

day1

Lunch (Light Meal) → DIY Wooden Goat → Art Walk in the Tribe → Dinner → PawPaw Drum Performance → Watch Stars and Listen to the Sounds of Waves on the Sea Dike → Counting Goats to Fall Asleep

day2

Mamu's Breakfast → Watch the Sunrise at Sansiantai → Lunch (Indigenous Cuisine) → Farewell

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