Indigenous literature and transitional justice exhibition to tour Taiwan

TAIPEI (CNA) — A traveling exhibition on indigenous literature and transitional justice opened last week at Nantou County’s National Chi Nan University, at the start of a tour that will take it to many of Taiwan’s indigenous communities over the next six months.

A joint production of the National Human Rights Museum and National Museum of Taiwan Literature, the “Special Exhibition on Indigenous Literature and Transitional Justice” focuses mainly on Taiwan’s “White Terror” period under martial law, which spanned from 1947-1987.

The exhibition tells the stories of indigenous victims of government oppression, including that of a Tsou high school boy who was executed for advocating a Tsou autonomous region, as well as ive Atayal tribe boys who were arrested and imprisoned on false charges.

To increase and diversify participation, the human rights museum opted to take the exhibition on the road, opening for runs of two to four weeks at schools and community centers in indigenous areas, where it hopes to serve as a impetus for discussion and reflection.

The exhibition will be at National Chi Nan University through Friday, before making stops in Chiayi, Hsinchu, Tainan, Pingtung and Taitung, and closing in Taoyuan in September.