Taiwanese Aborigines represent about 2% of Taiwan's population. Traditionally most of them lived in the mountainous region of Taiwan. The recent linguistic studies suggest that Taiwan is the original homeland of Austronesian language family of islands of Southeast Asia and Pacific. Ami is the largest aboriginal tribe and lives mostly at the eastern part of Taiwan. The school children of the local Ami tribe did a dancing performance for the hotel guests when we stayed at Jhihben during our trip around Taiwan last weekend.
The Ami has facial features different from Chinese, more Western and has very beautiful voice. One of our most popular Pop singer is from the Ami tribe, and one of our senator, who was singer, movie star and tribal affair activist.