Form and Meaning in Paiwanese Art and Material Culture

Hueiyun Chen
The thesis is centred on the art and material culture of the Paiwanese, an indigenous Taiwanese society. The thesis begins with an analysis of Paiwanese social organization and hierarchy in which primogeniture plays an important role. I explore the ways in which the dominant ordering structure is expressed in the forms of material culture and the ways in which cultural meanings are reflected in their art forms. I show the ways in which the underlying...
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