Saaroa people

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Hla'alua people
Miatungusu festival of the Hla'arua people.
Total population
401 (Jul 2018)
Regions with significant populations
Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Saaroa, Bunun, Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien
Animism, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Tsou, Kanakanavu, Bunun, Taiwanese indigenous people
The location of Saaroa villages

The Saaroa or Hla'alua people (Chinese: 拉阿魯哇族) are an indigenous people of central southern Taiwan. They live in the two villages of Taoyuan and Kaochung in Taoyuan District, Kaohsiung and Maya Village in Namasia District, Kaohsiung.[1][2]

The group attained official recognition from the Taiwanese government on 26 June 2014 under the name Hla'alua as the 15th indigenous people of Taiwan. Previously, the group as considered as subgroup of the Tsou people.[3]

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  1. ^ Zeitoun, Elizabeth; Teng, Stacy F. (2014). The Position of Kanakanavu and Saaroa Within the Formosan Languages Revisited (PDF). The 14th International Symposium on Chinese Languages and Linguistics (IsCLL-14). pp. 259–288. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  2. ^ "Municipality". Tauyuan District Office, Kaohsiung City. Archived from the original on 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  3. ^ Gao, Pat (1 February 2015). "Promoting Indigenous Rights". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 12 June 2021.