2. Before 17th Century, aboriginal people and Chinese contacts

2. Before 17th Century, aboriginal people and Chinese contacts

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Before the 17 th Century, aboriginal people and Chinese contacts Taiwan anthropologist said in a conference in 1993, “There was no Chinese mainland 10,000 years ago… only the Asian continent…when and if Taiwan aboriginal people migrated from the north to Taiwan. The correct statement is that Taiwan aboriginal people migrated from the southern part of Asian continent” Despite all the political problems, we will accept the dominant view. Life Patterns of Neolithic Settlers They were at least 1500 archeological site in Taiwan that scholars now have dug up. Based upon their finding, we can say something about their living condition: - We know for sure that those Neolithic (new stone age) Austronesian settlers living in Taiwan had at least pottery. And those pottery products also contain sort of a core mark/shape. They also produced very refined stone tools. And they also had an economy based upon horticulture. They could have very primitive agriculture. They used hoe to work in their land and went hunting and domesticated dogs and pigs. They also cultivated rice. Interestingly, there was also kind of an iron tool emerged about 2000 years ago. Where did they get this kind of iron technology? Most scholars nowadays agree that this metal age culture is the beginning of the aboriginal culture on Taiwan. And hence we can see there is a link between Neolithic and people who can use iron tools and aboriginal people today. - Usually Taiwan aboriginal people are divided into two category: o High mountain people o Plains people (Ching government called them: cook [civilized] barbarians) - No matter how we address aboriginal people on Taiwan, we should keep in mind that different tribes have different kind of language. They speak different Austronesian language.
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2012 for the course ASIA/HIST 456 taught by Professor Josephinechiu-duke during the Spring '12 term at The University of British Columbia.

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