Engraving Prestige: Hand Tattoo of Paiwan, Laiyi
Hallway of Floor 2
National Taiwan Museum
The Paiwan female hand tattoo custom is a cultural tradition on the verge of vanishing. 60 years ago, the tribespeople of Laiyi Township, Pingtung, consciously advocated the tradition and thus the tradition of female hand tattoo was resurrected for a short two year period. Today the women tattooed at that time are all in their eighties and the Paiwan tradition of hand tattoo is once confronted with the possibility of vanishing. Unwilling to see their forefathers tattoos fade away, a group of Paiwan youth from Laiyi have conducted research on their own initiative. They interviewed and recorded the life and memories of 21 tattooed Vuvu (grandmothers) from Laiyi, which have been collated and arranged into this exhibition. This exhibition is to commemorate and honor these tattooed Vuvu and the venerable hand tattoo tradition of the Paiwan people.