Databases

The books and databases purchased by the Taiwan Indigenous Peoples Resource Center (hereafter referred to as “the center”) are supplemented by the collections of the NTU library. The cooperation between these centers enables users to make effective use of all available collections, and gain access to more than 4 million books , nearly 600,000 electronic journals, e-books and 400 database platforms.

1. Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Study Resources (IP controlled, access restricted to within the center’s internet domain)

This database houses journals related to Taiwan’s indigenous peoples published between 1895 and 1945. It includes information on the cultures, lifestyles, languages, rituals and hunting practices of many early-period indigenous peoples, and provides an objective account of their development.There are 30 independent journals in this database, including the “Tokyo Anthropology Society Magazine, “ “Southern custom”, “Taiwan Folk”, “Anthropology Magazine”, “Taiwan Association Reports”, and other respected journals published during this period. They include the work of renowned scholars of the Japanese Colonial Period like Torii Ryuzo, Kanori Ino, Mori Ushinosuke, Koizumi Tetsu, Ogawa Naoyoshi, Utsurikawa Nenozo, Miyamoto Nobuto, Okada Yuzuru, Furuno Kiyoto and Tadao Kano.

Tribes studied include the Atayal, Saisiyat, Bunun, Tsou, Rukai, Paiwan, Puyuma, Amis, Tao(Yami), Thao and Pingpu

Topics covered include physical qualities, language, history, geography, social organization, customs, lifestyles and art. These valuable research materials provide authentic accounts of Taiwan's indigenous peoples during the early half of the twentieth century.

2. Taiwan's Indigenous Peoples Learning Database (IP controlled, access is limited to within the center’s internet domain)

The contents of this database are divided into exploration of ethnic groups, historical perceptions, cultural shows, videos, pictures, chronological events tables, and cultural encyclopedia. There are nearly 1,300 images, 300 videos that amount to over 10 hours of footage, 600 indigenous dialect recordings and 15,000 word definitions. The content includes indigenous costumes, rituals, architecture, crafts, agriculture, hunting practices, daily life amongst others.
Usage restrictions: Limited to inside the center.

3. Sabin Americana (ip controlled, use is limited to within the center’s internet domain)

This database consists of information dating from the late fifteenth century, after the Europeans landed in America, to the early twentieth century (1500-1926). Geographically it covers the Americas, North and South Poles and West Indies.

It also contains many important, difficult to obtain publications from the U.S and other countries that have been made publicly available for the first time on themes including politics, society and culture. Contemporary accounts can be found on military activities, Native Americans, slavery and the later movement for emancipation.

4. Sun (CD-ROM Database, use limited to within the center)

The “Sun” is a Japanese Journal published from January in the 28th year of the Meiji period until February of the 3rd year of the Showa period (1895 ~ 1928). It focused on politics, economics, society, industrial (colonial) history, geography, the natural sciences, arts and family life of the day..

The Database on CD-ROM can be accessed in our center’s audio-visual room. Articles can be searched by volume number, publication year, category, subject, author, initial page and even the author’s name in Hiragana, so users can first confirm the relevant CD’s call number, and then use this number to obtain it from the information desk.

5. Kanori Ino’s manuscripts (IP controlled, use limited to within the center’s internet domain)

National Taiwan University Library digitized the collections of “Kanori Ino’s Manuscripts” during the first phase of the “National Digital Archives Program” – “Taiwan Cultural Literature Digital Archives Program” (2002-2006).

Kanori Ino(1867~1925) was a pioneering scholar in the field of Taiwan research. During 1865s, the beginning of the Japanese Colonial period, Kanori Ino was commissioned to conduct anthropological research in Taiwan. He was the first person to propose a classification of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples, and dedicated himself to field work, leaving behind many notes of his investigations. He also contributed to compiling accounts of Taiwan’s history, overseen by the office of the Governer General, where he edited much of the material.

He left for posterity research collections which are essential to understanding Taiwan relations during the Japanese occupation, which are a celebrated contribution to the study of Taiwanese history and the islands indigenous peoples.
Usage restrictions: Limited to inside the center.

6. Tashiro Library (IP controlled, use is limited to within the center’s internet domain)

National Taiwan University Library has digitized the collections of the “Tashiro Library” during the second phase of the “National Digital Archives Program” – “Deepening Taiwan’s Core Literature Digital Archives Program” (2007-2012).

Tibetan Tashiro Antei was a technician specializing in the study of botany who worked for the Taiwan Sotokufu. During the early years of the Japanese occupation, he began research into Taiwan’s flora,and left behind many of his studies.

He is acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of plant research in Taiwan and the “Tashiro Library” preserves his many manuscripts and collections. These manuscripts contain much first-hand information from field-work investigations, primarily consisting of records and reports on Taiwan and Ryukyu.

While in Taiwan, Tashiro went to many places to examine plant cultivation, and included his findings in the “Task Completion Report”, which included his “Useful Plant Cultivation Investigation Report” and the ‘Business Department Taitung Investigation Report (first, second and final chapters)”, which contains records and advice on the development of the rich natural resources in Taiwan.He also established “Hengchun Tropical Plant Cultivation Farm” (now the “Taiwan Forestry Research Institute Hengchun Branch”), and served as director of the organization for many years, importing a variety of rare foreign species and laying the foundations for the extensive range of tropical plants found today in Kenting National Park. Tashiro also researched into the cultivation and use of plants for industrial purposes. His work served as the fountainhead of botany studies in Taiwan, and provided important references for changes in plant distribution. These manuscripts are the only original existing examples of his work