|The Amis hold harvest rituals celebrate the harvest of crops.
||Hualien County, Taitung
||03-8234531, ext. 370
(Hualien County, Aboriginal Administration)
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are Taiwan's largest aborigine tribe, living
in the valleys and coastal plains of eastern Taiwan,
majorly located at Hualien, Taitung, and Pingtung
Counties. The whole tribe can be divided into three
major clans according to differences in geographical
locations, customs, and phonetics, namely the Northern
Amis, The Central Amis, and the Southern Amis. The
Amis began to use oxen in cultivating paddies relatively
early. Fishing is an important part of their economy,
but hunting is now solely recreational. In Amis
society, kinship is matrilineal, but men's clubs
are well organized.
The Amis hold harvest rituals from the south to
the north from July to August to celebrate the harvest
of crops. Originally, the Harvest Rituals were held
to celebrate the harvest of millet and to show respect
to the ancestors. But now, the Amis have changed
to grow rice. Therefore, when rice is ripe for reaping,
it is time for the Amis to start the Harvest Rituals.
In recent years, at the encouragement of the government,
a Joint Harvest Ritual of the forty villages of
the East Coast is annually held, with duration of
one to seven days. Singing and dancing are observed
in the celebrations.