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Forest Marksmen: Truku

  • PostDate:2021-10-15

Forest Marksmen: Truku

The Truku’s ancestors originally lived in what is now Nantou County’s Ren’ai Township, and were part of the Seediq tribe. The Truku migrated and named their new home “Taroko”.

Cultural Features

The Truku have a patriarchal society. They practice slash-and-burn farming, and the women weave cloth renowned for its complexity. Facial tattoos and headhunting were also unique traditions of the Truku.


The Truku worship ancestral spirits with traditional rituals including the sowing, harvesting and headhunting ceremonies. Today, the thanksgiving ceremony is still being held jointly by the tribal people. Coming together for these rituals cements the Truku people’s cultural identity and cohesion, and ensures that their traditions take root and are passed on.