Atayal Millet Park (泰雅小米園區)
Try being a weaver: experience the hundred-year-old ramie craftsmanship
The tribal tradition not to be missed: the millet-based Atayal culture
Eat meat and drink wine – indigenous culture different from your expectations
When you see the colorful mortar and pestle at the entrance, you know you have arrived at the Millet Park. The large farms are for millet growing demonstration. In the back, there is an exhibit of traditional farmhouses, including barns, lookout tower for detecting intruders, chicken coops, and pig houses. In the multifunction exhibition room, the black-and-white patterns on the wall include the Atayal face tattoo patterns. Take a closer look and you will see the pattern of mouth harps is hiding in there too! Everyday items in Atayal life including hunting tools, bamboo baskets, bamboo flutes, and ramie are on display. All of them are frugal innovations making the best use of locally sourced materials.
Millet is grown in the park using traditional methods, sown and harvested once a year. January to July is the growing period. Slash-and-burn and sowing happen in winter; seed saving and harvesting happen in summer. The related ceremonies are important roots of Atayal culture. In all rituals, tribal elders must pray to the ancestral spirits for a bountiful harvest. At the millet park you can choose from the carefully planned activities to experience first-hand millet milling and millet wine DIY, try millet cuisines, and design millet accessories. There is so much to learn about millet and so much fun to be had! The Atayal Ancestral Ritual in September every year is one of the most important Atayal cultural rituals. Tribes present the year’s crops and thank the ancestral spirits for granting them a bountiful harvest. The ceremony has a part that is limited to tribesmen and a part that is open to visitors. You must consider visiting the Atayal Ancestral Ritual for the most authentic indigenous cultural experience.
In addition to millet, ramie, the material for weaving cloth, is also grown in the park. Since you’re visiting “the weaver” indigenous group, it is a great opportunity to learn about weaving. Extracting ramie fibers, spinning ramie fibers into a thread, drying, dyeing, and weaving – each step makes an important part of the Atayal weaving culture. The complex pattern symbolizes women’s hopes to find a good husband. You can also come here and weave your wishes into the fabric.
Monday: 10:00 – 16:00
Tuesday: 10:00 – 16:00
Wednesday: 10:00 – 16:00
Thursday: 10:00 – 16:00
Friday: 10:00 – 16:00
Saturday: Break time
- Introductory Lecture
- Parking Lot
■ Tour fee is 50NTD per person. Groups should apply three days in advance.
■ Please also take measures to prevent sunburn and mosquito bites in summer.