Bu­nun peo­ple mark 100th year since Ja­pan up­ris­ing

The China Post - - LOCAL -

El­der tribes­men in Zhuoxi Town­ship in Hualien County led a hunt­ing fes­ti­val Thurs­day to com­mem­o­rate the 100th an­niver­sary of the Dafen In­ci­dent that was the start of a wide­spread up­ris­ing against Im­pe­rial Ja­panese oc­cu­py­ing forces in Tai­wan.

Zhuoxi Town­ship head Lu Pih­sien said the re­bel­lion in 1915 was in­cited by a con­fis­ca­tion of hunt­ing ri­fles, un­der or­ders given by Ja­panese oc­cu­py­ing forces that were seek­ing to sub­due the abo­rig­i­nal tribes.

Hunt­ing ri­fles were fun­da­men­tal to the sur­vival and pros­per­ity of the Bu­nun peo­ple, who lived in moun­tain­ous re­gions at al­ti­tudes of around 2,000 me­ters, Lu said.

The con­fis­ca­tion of the ri­fles riled the tribes that had long been suf­fer­ing un­der the tyranny of the Ja­panese oc­cu­py­ing forces, he said.

The Dafen In­ci­dent be­gan with an as­sault on a lo­cal po­lice sta­tion by 56 abo­rig­ine clans­men, who be­headed 12 Ja­panese po­lice of­fi­cers. Bu­nun leader Dahu Ali is be­lieved to have per­son­ally cut down 7 Ja­panese of­fi­cers dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

The re­bel­lion, how­ever, was blood­ily quelled by Ja­panese forces.

The Ja­panese later raised mon­u­ments to the 12 po­lice of­fi­cers, whom they lauded as as mar­tyrs that had per­ished in the line of duty.

The Bu­nun peo­ple, mean­while, were branded as sav­age mur­der­ers and were later rounded up, killed and their corpses des­e­crated in reprisal.

Th­ese are chap­ters in Tai­wan’s his­tory that must be un­cov­ered and made known to the public, Lu said.

Bu­nun singer Bi­ung Sauh­luman Tankisia Tak­isvis­lainan Tak Ban­uaz, who per­formed a tra­di­tional song at the hunt­ing fes­ti­val, said that he was proud to learn of the re­silience of his an­ces­tors.

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