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Free Entry to Taipei Water Park for Those Wearing Aboriginal Totems on International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2013

You might not know that this small island still has 14 aborigine tribes. The UN designated August 9 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples and stated that the word’s indigenous peoples are the preservers of human cultural history and that all governments must fully support indigenous peoples. To commemorate International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Taipei Water Department (TWD) will allow anyone wearing clothing with aborigine totems on it to enter Taipei Water Park free of charge from now until the end of the year. A TWD spokesperson said that indigenous peoples have characteristics such as music, handicraft, design and dance etc that are worthy of learning from. To commemorate International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, on August 9, Taipei Water Park’s 300-seat Live House held the Summer Evening Concert, a free concert, at which Golden Melody ward winning band Harlay, traditional Paiwan singer Seredau Daliyaljan and aborigine group Bar999, and other performed. On August 10-11 the water park was the venue for an aborigine food, handicraft and agricultural product market; various bands made up of tribal village youth performed and there was a beer drinking contest and agricultural product auction.
TWD stated that as August was the harvest month for Taiwan’s indigenous peoples there were also stalls selling distinctive agricultural products from various tribal villages. There were also performances by bands made up of young people from tribal villages. The aim was, through the musical culture, dance, song, crafts and agricultural products of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples, to turn Taipei Water Park into a stage on which their culture could be displayed.