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Following the series of photos started yesterday, here are some more views the Duona village in the mountains of southern Taiwan.

This village is very quiet during the week but at the week-end many people leave polluted Kaohsiung (second biggest city) and its hectic pace of life to go to Duona and enjoy the tranquillity and pure air as well as the hot springs.

The inhabitants of Duona are Rukai. “Recent research about Taiwanese Aborigines suggests their ancestors may have been living on the islands for approximately 8000 years before major Han Chinese immigration began in the 17th century.

The Taiwanese Aborigines are Austronesian peoples, with linguistic and genetic ties to other Austronesian ethnic groups, such as peoples of the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Madagascar and Oceania.

For centuries, Taiwan’s aboriginal people experienced economic competition and military conflict with a series of colonizing people. Centralized government policies designed to foster language shift and cultural assimilation, as well as continued contact with the colonizers through trade, intermarriage and other dispassionate intercultural processes, have resulted in varying degrees of language death and loss of original cultural identity. For example, of the approximately 26 known languages of the Taiwanese Aborigines (collectively referred to as the Formosan languages), at least ten are extinct, five are moribund and several are to some degree endangered. These languages are of unique historical significance, since most historical linguists consider Taiwan to be the original homeland of the Austronesian language family.” (Wikipedia)

I’m encouraged by your comments on my previous photos. It’s nice to know some people are interested in finding out about other cultures.

Today’s offering is the main street and some views of the village, street and people.

f14 1/50th sec zoom at 21mm multi segment metering polarising filter slight crop (top and bottom)

Have a pleasant evening,

Jean-Noël

Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:SIGMA 17-70mm Macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:DUONA VILLAGE (2)
Username:JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
Uploaded:19 Mar 2009 - 6:16 PM
Tags:Architecture, Landscape / travel
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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2009 - 6:28 PM

This is such an interesting serie's introducing me to a new culture through very good photography and I thank you for that. - gary

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chensuriashi e2 Member 8160 forum postschensuriashi vcard England17 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2009 - 6:30 PM

All nice views of a strange far off place, and children making meals, in two, nice shooting to capture the real Taiwan. Chen.

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Bodiewil
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19 Mar 2009 - 6:45 PM

Wonderful series again JNC

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SoulOfNature
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19 Mar 2009 - 8:50 PM

Another interesting set,V7 and V8 are favourite,I like how the people are just getting on with their chores irrespective of the camera.

Jean x

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taggart
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19 Mar 2009 - 11:46 PM

A great cross section of this village-- I am amused by the pink guide lines on the road-- also am wondering--- does one eat the leaves or use it as a plate/wrapper?

Great reportage!
Jennn

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Daisymaye
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20 Mar 2009 - 2:35 AM

Another set of really interesting captures...Very well taken....Sandy

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2009 - 4:40 AM

Superb detailed captures, Jean-Noel, fascinating to see the ways of life of these people. A great and interesting write-up, too, thank you for that. Carol

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20 Mar 2009 - 6:40 PM

Interesting set of images JNC,well captured.....................

Tony.

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riprap007
riprap007 e2 Member 101568 forum postsriprap007 vcard England37 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2009 - 7:13 PM

wonderfully informative photo journalism as well as written journalism, thanks so much. The story of indigenous people's are always neglected, so great to hear of the survivors of waves of colonization.

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microchip
microchip e2 Member 7microchip vcard United Kingdom
20 Mar 2009 - 8:37 PM

Lovely captures these places seem so clean no litter for example,
Thank you for the informative write up Jean_Noel
Alan

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cantona43 e2 Member 9915 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2009 - 11:05 AM

wonderful shots it looks a place well worth visiting
Neil

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
22 Mar 2009 - 4:14 PM

Thank you very much. JNC

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