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To deepen the general public's understanding of Mongolian and Tibetan cultures, the National Museum of Prehistory in Taitung City will play host to a three-month special exhibition on the attire and headwear of these two unique ethnic groups.
The two landlocked regions have deep ties with the Han Chinese and their interchanges have led to some of the most famous anecdotes in written history, including the Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan and his legendary conquests, as well as the role the Silk Road played in bridging the gap between the East and the West.
Born to a land of elevated plateaus and wide prairies, these nomads hold a deep reverence for the powerful forces of nature. Protection from extreme weather conditions has been adapted accordingly into their costumes, which can ward off both sand and snow, and withstand piercing heat and ice.
These unique and colorful outfits will be shown at the Taitung museum from Aug. 1 to Nov. 2. Most of the loaned items are part of the collection of the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission in Taipei.
The exhibition will also hold fringe events that offer a taste of desert cuisine, an assortment of paper sculptures, and an earful of unique musical instruments that will include the morin khuur, a bow-stringed instrument of Mongolian origin reputed to neigh like a wild horse.