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Nanzhuhu Community
 
About Nanzhuhu

About Nanzhuhu

Unlike other Amis villages in Nanzhuhu, the white crab symbolizes the history of this tribe. When exploring Nanzhuhu, you will be surprised by every corner. The art space remodeled from an old house, traditional cottages, gigantic slingshot installation art, everything forms part of the new scape of this community.

Location

Located at mileage 92.5km on Provincial Highway 11 in Changbin Township, Taitung County, Nanzhuhu borders Fengbin Township of Hualian County in the north and Wishibi in the south. Famous nearby sightseeing spots include Baxian Cave, and Changhong Bridge.

Origin of Zhunanhu

In the Amis dialect, Zhunanhu is Pakara'ac. According to the oral records of tribal seniors, before a ritual, Pakara'ac ancestors gathered foods from the mountain and caught white crabs in the muddy soil by the river for the ritual.
As there are many white crabs in Zhunanhu, and the first chief of the tribe was Karcaw'alac, people thus combined both words to form the name of the tribe. Today Pakara'ac is known as Zhunanhu.

Roaming Zhunanhu

Roaming in Zhunanhu, exploring local Amis culture, tasting indigenous specialty foods, visiting tribal historical sites and monuments...Sea breeze gently blows by, stars are everywhere in the night sky, Dawn Resort invites to you roam across Zhunanhu to explore the goodness and beauty of the eastern coast!



History

Antong Historic Trail

Antong Historic Trail was the main access between the Huatong Rifted Valley and the Coastal Mountain Range to Amis and the Plains indigenous tribes. After renovation in the Japanese colonial period, the trail became an important channel for coastal tribes to trade in Yuli. The trail declined as transportation developed. The trail survives today as a small number of Amis hunters hunt in the mountain via the trail. In recent years, it has become a travel trail for hiking.

Kamalowan

In indigenous languages, kamalowan means "rest". It is a resting point for travelers on the Antong Historic Trail. The bench thoughtfully made with driftwood enables travelers to fully enjoy the unique charm of coastal indigenous peoples. Besides the enthusiasm of the locals, Murals made by local indigenous people fully display their art talent.



Local Stories

Maocaowu (bipahahana)

There is a gentle slope linking the entrance to the community. A kiosk named miaocaohu (lit. cottage) was built on the left-hand side at the end of the slope for seniors to rest. The roof of the kiosk is made of burnt bamboo. By burning, the glucose and moisture contained inside the bamboo are removed to extend its life to 50 years. The tilt section is stacked with tiles to keep warmth in winter and coolness in summer. At the center of the kiosk, there is a barbecue area for locals to gather together and share their preys. In winter, it is nice making a fire and get some warmth here. Lighting fixtures in the kiosk are made of the shrimp and fish catching tools in the past, unique and special.

Grass Hat

The grass-hat-shaped wooden frame is made of the wood for lifting charcoal for burning out of the wisdom of ancestors. The aim to lift charcoal for burning is to get rid of moisture and insects. Its special style attracts the visitors' attention. In addition, there are two red brick burners next to the Grass Hat. In festive events, villagers will slaughter pigs here. The larger burner is for boiling the pig to remove its hair. The smaller one is for cooking the pork offal soup locally called blood soup.



Tribal New Scape

Kakahon

On the side is the mini gateball field of the tribe. As locals frequently travel in and out this place, the site was renovated with barbecue equipment. It is mainly used for grilling flying fish during the harvest ritual. Besides a place for locals to hold feasts, it is an open classroom. The old toilet on the other side has been rebuilt into a public toilet in the community to improve local living quality.



Fishing Island

There was no water well sixty years ago. The four ponds were the main water sources for locals. After tap water became available, these four ponds became the fishing ponds for visitors and locals.



Tribal Culture

Tribal Kitchen

This sixty-year-old historical site was a barn. By remodeling the site with the burner wisdom of ancestors, locals built two burners there: one for cooking rice and one for cooking soup, and a grilling rack with a chimney. At the harvest ritual, villagers will grill flying fish for guests to share their joy. The place has become the barbecue club of villagers and is thus called the tribal kitchen. The exterior of the building was renovated with traditional methods without using any metal products. Wires are erected with rattan, making the kitchen a sight for seeing, a place for learning, a spot for restoring tradition, and a kitchen for foods.

Activity Center

The activity center is the center of Zhunanhu. The building constructed based on the theme of a white crab intensifies the cohesion of villagers. The white crab carved on the exterior wall is an important feature of Zhunanhu. During the harvest ritual and other festivities, the Amis people will put their traditional clothes on, and the sharp colors of their clothes and their passionate dance bring the meaning of cultural heritage to Zhunanhu. The activity center is also the spiritual center of the Amis tribe.

Studio

Located across from the activity center, the studio is an improved wooden structure for leisure where indigenous people make their handicrafts.



Child Fun

Slingshot Bench

The wooden slingshot symbol at the entrance of the Antong Historic Trail is the largest characteristic installation art in the tribe, like a machine opening the trail. Beside the slingshot bench, there are the samples of different kinds of prey for children to shoot arrows or stones. To penetrate the rifted valley to get resources, early coastal Amis people walked through the Ocean Mountain Range in the past, thus forming this historic trail.



Rice Miller

The rice barn run by merchant Lin in the 1950s and 1960s contains the collective memory of hard work to community seniors and the place where children used to frolic. The rice miller was shut down some years ago, as every household has its own miller. Today, it has been remodeled into an installation art and become a local children playground to make the place more comprehensive.



Gateball Field

The gateball field near the resort is the favorite meeting place of villagers because gateball is the leisure sport beloved by both adults and children. Every afternoon, you will hear the laughter and shouts of gateball playing.



Religion

Presbyterian Church

Every Wednesday is the family day. The church will hold service at each household in turn. On Sundays, everybody goes to the church for the service.

Cathedral

Every Friday when night falls, villagers gather in the cathedral where Fr. Josef Eugster presides over a mass in the indigenous language.



Special Sights

Bathing House

A yesteryear basin using natural fountain water was built next to Gufawu. In summer, local children love to playing water here to ease the heat. Next to the basin, there is a historical well about 10m deep for citizens to take groundwater.

Pot-herb Garden

The farming area of the pot-herb garden has been expanded to grow specialty culinary ingredients in collaboration with the cooking class. It is also the nature classroom for visitors to learn more about the food ingredients of indigenous people.

Civilian Residence

As the roof leaks every time it rains, the owner was distressed, and thus built an extra-large eye-catching roof on top, making it a local "landmark".

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