On 24Jul14 we visited the Aborigines museum, right across the street from the Palace museum. It started as the private collection of a Mitsubishi heir who went all around Taiwan and nearby islands buying artifacts of the “ethnographic present”, or past 3-5 generations. The peoples still exist in Taiwan, but they’re quickly losing traditions and languages as modern Taiwan grows around them.
The headhunting culture that existed until colonization by Japan in the late 19th century started in the neolithic era and remained with little change since the neolithic people sailed from the mainland and replaced/interbred with the paleolithic people. The pot below is an example of a chief’s pot. When the chief broke off a piece of the top, he was saying “I pledge that if you send this piece to me, I will come to aid you.”