Puyuma people

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Total population
(9,606 (2000))
Regions with significant populations
Puyuma, Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien
Animism, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Taiwanese Aborigines
The Puyuma's Moon-shape Monolith ca. 1896

The Puyuma (Chinese: 卑南族; pinyin: Bēinán-zú; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Puyuma-cho̍k, Pi-lâm-cho̍k), also known as the Pinuyumayan, Peinan or Beinan tribe, are one of the tribal groups of the Taiwanese aborigines. The tribe is generally divided into the Chihpen and Nanwang groups, both resident in Taitung County on the east coast of Taiwan.

In the year 2000 the Puyuma numbered 9,606. This was approximately 2.4% of Taiwan's total indigenous population, making them the sixth-largest tribal group.[1] The Puyuma speak their tribal language as well as Mandarin and Taiwanese. The Puyuma language, however, is dying.[citation needed]

The name "Puyuma" means "unity" or "concord," and was originally the autonym of the speakers of the Nanwang dialect.[2] Zeitoun and Cauquelin (2006) also note that the word Puyuma can be analyzed as pu'-uma, which means "to send to the field."

Peinan Site[edit]

The earliest records of the prehistoric Peinan Site in Taitung City were made by Torii Ryūzō, an anthropologist in the early period of the Japanese occupation of Taiwan. During his four visits to Taiwan for anthropological research, he took photos of the monolithic stone pillars at the site. Beinan Cultural Park opened in 1997 to display and preserve the archaeological site, considered the most important one in Taiwan. An indoor/outdoor Museum of Prehistory opened in 2002.[3]


Puyuma villages include (ordered from north to south):[4]

  • Ulibulibuk
  • Bankio
  • Alipai
  • Pinaski
  • Tamalakaw
  • Rikabung
  • Puyuma (Nanwang)
  • Peinan
  • Balangaw
  • Apapalo
  • Kasabakan
  • Katipul
  • Nirbuaqan

Notable Puyuma people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (DGBAS). National Statistics, Republic of China (Taiwan). Preliminary statistical analysis report of 2000 Population and Housing Census. Excerpted from Table 28:Indigenous population distribution in Taiwan-Fukien Area. Accessed 8/30/06
  2. ^ Teng, Stacy Fang-Ching (2008). A reference grammar of Puyuma, an Austronesian language of Taiwan. Pacific linguistics. 595. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. ISBN 9780858835870. 
  3. ^ "The National Museum of Prehistory and Beinan Culture Park". Taiwan the Heart of Asia. 2013. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  4. ^ Cauquelin, Josiane (1991). Dictionnaire puyuma-français. Paris: Ecole Française d'Extreme-Orient. ISBN 9782855395517. 

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