Aboriginal tribes protest against the Taiwanese government


On a grim day in Taipei on October 9, 2011, the members of various aboriginal peoples of Taiwan gather in front of the Presidential Palace to voice their anger against the government’s occupation of aboriginal land as well as against the repression of languages and culture (photo series).

Omi Wilang of the Atayal explains the upcoming ritual of a headhunt to the press, while the police blocks the passage to the Presidential Office:

An Amis shaman (left) sings a traditional song to prepare the headhunt against the evil spirits that cause harm to the tribe:

The protesters launch the hunt against the Presidential Office in order to drive away bad spirits:

The warriors attack their prey, a flag of the Republic of China (i.e., Taiwan):

At the end of the day the police forces are left behind puzzled (Presidential Office in the background):