1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Telephones. During the research we called to the chairman of the community and asked him to help find some Tsou’s elders who knew better about the tribe of Takopueanu
Tape recorders and digital cameras. During the research, we recorded the important data for analysis took pictures for web materials.
Computers and libraries. These were where we edited webs, sent emails and consulted references.
Software. Word processing (Microsoft Word 2000), Web editing (Namo Web Editor 5.5), Data collecting (Internet Explorer), Photo editing (Ulead Photo Impact 8), Web transmitting (CuteFTP4.2).
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
For this Cyberfair Project, we had tried to collect information by all means and questioned closely almost everyone who knew something about Takopueanu. Then we found out that it was those grandpas who were most knowledgeable and resourceful though they seemed much reserved. We should make full use of this precious treasure house. Grandpa Fang, who spoke most while drinking, was just interviewed by us after he had attended a banquet. The grandpas also hoped to leave more to their children and asked us to speak for their community in the web and introduce SinmeiVillage to the whole world.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Because this has been so far the first research in either community or school, many people cared about our community, offered clues and understood our research progress. However, our investigation met with difficulty because most of the remains were too old and not properly preserved and many clues offered were so scrappy and not reliable enough. We wonder if our research will meet any objections after it come out. But we believe that the adults will take more care of those newly-dug historical remains next time.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
We really thank for three volunteers for our project.They are Mr. Jian
-hsiung Wang, Mr. Ching-hui Yang and Mrs. Chun-fang Chuang. Cause Takopueanu is a disappeared tribe, we must understand it through stoneware and elders.Mr. Wang took us to investigate the tribe and taugh how to recognize stoneware. Mr. Yang offered us many ideas. Mrs. Chuang was a good interpreter and driver. They helped us know where Takopueanu was, and what it was in elders memory.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
Discover stoneware, mango trees and prickly bamboos. The ancient household utensils were all made of stones, e.g., stone bowls, stone knives, etc. The mango trees were their divine trees and were planted to protect their people The prickly bamboos were used to guard against the attacks of enemies.
From this, we understand how those people in ancient times lived and what utensils Takopueanu had used. We got to know many stories and legends about Takopueanu that we found either surprising or interesting.
It is a great pity that most of the historical remains were not properly preserved because people at that time knew little about protection of historical relics. But now it is already too late to make up for the loss.