Photographer's Note

In the year 2000 the Thao/Ngan people numbered only 281, making them the smallest of all of the recognized Aboriginals in Taiwan. They are the smallest of the Taiwanese Aboriginal group in terms of population and the smallest ethnic group in Taiwan. Despite their small group size, the Thao/Ngan have retained their customs, beliefs and traditional culture and language until now, though they have been assimilated into mainstream Chinese culture as well. Most of the members of this ethnic group work today as menial workers, cooks and vendors in the tourism industry at Sun Moon Lake. The Chi-Chi earthquake of 1999 damaged or destroyed 80% of the houses of the Thao/Ngan and made many of them lose employment.

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Additional Photos by yuval naaman (kogawa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 109 N: 478] (4646)
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