1. Description of Our Community
Wanrong Township is located in the central Hualien and the eastern root of Central Mountains.Truku tribe in Wanrong Township holds the Ancestral Worship Ceremony every year, preserving its unique and rich cultures and interprets the meaning and value of the tribe’s life cultures. The traditional ceremonies, crafts, and cultural activities are the wisdom passed down by the ancestors. The Ancestral Worship Ceremony is also the best way of understanding their cultures and marketing the local industries.
2. Summary of Our Project
Worship ceremony is a way people show their appreciation to the ancestors. Each tribe has its own worship ceremonies. The Truku tribe holds the Thanksgiving Ceremony in awe and with appreciation to the ancestors for their blessings. There are no impressive scenes in traditional ceremonies, only dignified atmosphere. As members of Truku tribe, we would like to introduce the Thanksgiving Ceremony to every one because we believe it is our responsibility to explore the profoundness of this important tribal ceremony.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
The high-speed fiber-optic broadband internet access in our school greatly shortens the time of uploading and downloading data. The students, teachers and volunteers spent most of their day-time on visits, experience activities and uploading records; therefore, the creation of web pages mostly took place on Saturdays. The school teachers were responsible for the final amendments. With at least 256K/64K fiber optic broadband access at home or other locations.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Language(problem):During the process of the interviews and the experience activities, the interviewees were only a few chiefs of the tribe so the relevant information was limited and translation was also needed. Language(overcome):We tried to record the interviews through digital camcorders and Dictaphones and asked the parents or the senior citizens in the community questions when we were organizing the data after the interviews. Whenever the seniors described relevant items’ names, items’ parts or operation, we would ask them to use body language or repeat expression to leave a stronger impression.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
This was my second time participating in this project. Last time I got to know ramie, which people used to make clothes while this time I learned about ceremonies. Both opportunities allowed me to learn about the cultures and relevant knowledge of Truku tribe such as oracles, ceremonies and cloth weaving. I was happy that I could have the opportunity of collecting information from other villages and gaining knowledge. I am looking forward to more learning opportunities.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The purpose of education is to develop students’ potential and cultivate their ability of adaptation and improving their living environments. Participating in Cyberfair enables every team member to make improvements and realizes the goal of Grade 1-9 Curriculum. Since the research theme has been decided, the supervisors, people in the communities and volunteered students have taken the responsibility of exploring Truku tribe’s ceremonial culture. The progress is a combination of wisdom, experts’ documents, resources provided by the school and community as well as information technology to present a complete result.