"Kulumah in,” an exhibition featuring relics from Taiwan's indigenous Bunun tribe (布農族), will be held at their hometown Haiduan Township in Taitung from Dec. 12 through June 12, 2016.
The exhibition, whose title means "returning home” in the Bunun language, will be held at the Bunun Cultural Museum of Haiduan Township (海端鄉布農族文物館), showcasing a total of 64 relics on loan from the National Taiwan Museum's collection.
The exhibition will present the Bunun's hunting culture, leatherworks, and home tools, such as a rare vest emblazed with the hundred-pace viper, modified hunting rifles, a top made from clouded leopard leather, a leather hat, and various vessels.
Several Bunun elders joined the Dec. 7 press conference at the National Taiwan Museum to perform blessing rituals and harvest songs. In addition, elder Haitang (胡金娘) shared and introduced 4 relics, including an animal skin cap with geometric patterns, a vest, a rifle, and a tobacco pouch.
Mayor Yu Chung-yi (余忠義) of Haiduan Township highlighted the elaborate preparations for the exhibition, which involved the collaboration of museums, local workshops, and artists. Also, Bunun elders were invited beforehand to study the relics, give interviews, and help complete records on traditional Bunan craftsmanship such as leatherwork and dyeing.
The exhibition hopes to encourage the Bunun people to introduce their culture to the public as well as strengthen the culture ties between the Taipei museum and the original home of the relics.