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  Paiwan Village is historically a great village of Paiwan Tribe and is one of the originating grounds of the Paiwan Tribe.It was originally located at the shore of Ailiao South River, however due to warring Rukai Tribe from across the river and conflicts within the tribe - it moved to Kapaiwan about 1300 years ago before relocating again to its current location in Taivavavaw.


   The Old Paiwan Village is located at 800 feet above sea-level, thus it is often shrouded in clouds.30 years ago over 200 families were living there while developing their culture and legends under the shadow of Dawu Mt.Yet transport to the Old Paiwan Village were often inconvenienced by frequent road collapses, therefore the Village leader had lobbied for years with the Pingtung County Government before approval was granted in 1974 to assist the village in relocation, where gradually tribes-people were moved to the region of Jiayi Village in Majia Township, along the mountain-side by Niujiaowan River. Relocation was completed in 1976.


   Fawan Village was originally pronounced “Paiwan”, but during tribal integration and renaming after Taiwan’s Restoration in 1945, since more administrative personnel were of Fujian heritage, the village name was misnamed to “Fawan” (Paiwan’s pronunciation in Fujianese coincide with “Fawan”).Later, due to research and literature that demonstrated the importance of Fawan Village in the development of Paiwan Tribe, which is an undeniable status, therefore to avoid future regrets and encourage root-seeking by Paiwan Tribesmen – the village Chief, Chen-Te Hsiou started the petition that ultimately led to formal change of “Fawan”, in use for over 30 years, to “Paiwan” on April 2nd 1986; this is the only Village of all Aboriginal tribes that had a name change.

Researched and recorded by: Hsiao-ning, Hsiao-rong, Sheng-en

 

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