Mary Hamilton's research focuses on traditional boat building and its role in Tao culture, from the first meeting to decide to build a boat to its completion and ritual initiation.   Mary Hamilton is a graduate of Fordham University. As a Fulbright Fellow at National Taitung University's Department of Public and Cultural Affairs, she is researching boat building among the…

What the Taotao Means to Me

Friday, 22 April 2016 11:38
     On Orchid Island, the Taotao is a ubiquitous symbol.  It can be found inside churches, outside of 7-11, adorning many a tourist trinket, and most importantly, on every Tao boat.  Known as (人型 renxing the person symbol), the Taotao is often depicted as a small person with swirled arms and “curly Qs” coming out of its head. Whimsical…
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