CyberFair Project ID: 5716

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Good morning, ancestors – walking into Kapaiwanan
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Jiayi Elementary School
    Pingtung, Taiwan, R.O.C

14 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 8, 2009. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2005

Classes and Teachers: I-fang Tsai

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

The grandfathers moved from 1974 to the Pingdong County Majia Town Yanshan road nearby had more than 30 years, the passing vehicles come and go shout the clamour, the very few some people will note our tribe “the row of bay village”, it in row of bay race's long history culture, but once had had a magnificent page. Old some recollections: Goes hunting is lifting game's brave warrior, in clansman's crowding around cheers, gathers the chieftain family to offer the substantial achievement, in that remote original township tribe, has ancestor's honorable recollection, in the memory lithograph room, the stone steps, Tao Hu, the magnificent clothing, Man Shan the primitive wooded mountain, jumps for joy the animal has become recalls. Entered the third generation in the row of bay village life, the mother tongue, the traditional technique, in the myth fable also fast outflow, some are only crowd of big eyes, the skin is slightly black, heroically, the pure genial people. Tribe's highest school, the schoolchild most loves “the raft bay National Elementary school”, also already in 81 years and to five kilometer beside good righteousness National Elementary schools, child's laughter only in the morning and the evening, before going to school, after and is on vacation from school, may hear.

2. Summary of Our Project

Under old people's direction, we find out underneath the old raft bay, has the mystical fable, the clansman regards as the taboo the ancient tribe, is the row of bay system's source area, in the fable hell entrance, the giant big footprint, the mystical big waterfall, the supernatural power stone column ......, in the old raft bay tribe's underneath woods, is summoning us, summons us to go back the visitation, ancestor's wisdom, the history tracks down, the culture to wait for us to search, the reconstruction self-confidently, let us treat the ancestor to work say Hollo I to come back. The entire topic will describe the Kapaiwanan historical situation, the position and the present raft bay village relations, visits the people to the tribe to inquire way, before and enters at present route and recent situation, must discuss enters the restricted area the sacrificial offering ceremony, and describes the ancient tribe approximate distributed situation, finds out the migration situation, the moving factor, and gauges describes the beforehand lithograph room the size, the construction place choice, understands ancestor's wisdom.

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:4-6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

(1) the computer software lacks: The school computer equipment, passes through diligently and wants to handle seeks the support, the main engine renews finally, but in the computer besides the basic copy clerk software, the no response uses the software, must use in the picture, the movie, the homepage editing the manufacture, is really the difficulty, finally can provide the personal computing and the voluntary worker by the school teacher helps only then to complete, on I herewith offer deep gratitude. (2)our Internet environment: Our school network environment is the ADSL radial selector which provides because of the Pingdong County net center to the academic network, in the school has one between in November, 2005 to replace 18 P-?Main engine's computer classroom, the screen also changed into 15 ? liquid crystals, is the student most likes the place, ordinary day besides on computer class's time, in other domains, also coordinates the curriculum content to enter the computer classroom to use, the midday rest also picks the registration way to open to the student uses, but in participates in net exposition this period, the team members sacrifice the midday rest, uses this period of time use computer classroom each item of equipment, under teacher's instruction assistance, causes the topic to complete smoothly

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Teacher Tsai: Every year said is the year participates last, but every year continues the leadership student walks, starts from September to convene the team, to the subject, the name discussion, arrives at the plan, the content verdict again, as soon as always changes changes again, does while repairs, but how can let the student note own historical culture, note elder's memory inheritance, how the memory, directly from master to disciple, to transform the writing, the picture, the phantom, lets the student regarding own culture, from knew that the understanding, likes taking to arrogantly, can say self-confidently: “I am the indigenous

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

1. Merging the social and multi-faced education: During the course of doing the project, we visited various parts of the village and the old tribal site for photo shooting and information gathering on Wednesdays and weekends. We shared the things we learned from those outings with students who were not involved in the project, and by showing them photos they were able to take the journey with us. Students were often surprised that there were so many interesting stories in the community they live in, and as a consequence of being intrigued by the stories, they would often went home and asked their parents things like: “what is our family tribal name?”, “where were we from”, and “where did we live?”. Every Wednesday afternoon the students would watch the project team went out for interviews with envious eyes, and asked us to tell the teachers that they would also like to join us. Unfortunately the students were not able to join us because there was not enough room in the cars. Nonetheless they would still bombard us with all sorts of questions regarding the project, it was really a task for us to answer them all! 2.Ccultivating the love we have for our home town: While doing the project, we stepped out of the school and went into our tribe. Through the website, we hope to introduce people the beauty of our community, and to bring a piece of hometown for those who moved from the tribe to other parts of Taiwan, so that they would be proud of the remote Paiwan Village. We all worked really hard for achieving these goals, and we encouraged each other throughout the process. It is with hope that in the boundless world of the internet, the small Paiwan Tribe, the beauty of the deep mountain forest, and the old tribe full of legendary tales would be known by everyone.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

We used many information technologies for doing the project, including: 1.Digital camera(Teachers) It is the most important thing for taking photos during interviews and for capturing sceneries in various places. 2.Digital video camera(Teachers) When it was difficult to capture special moments with photo cameras, we were taught to use digital video camera during the interviews. We were able to show other students what we got with the video camera, for it was the truest presentation of what we actually experienced during our outings. 3.Scanner(School) We scanned many precious pictures and photos with the scanner, which converts documentary information into digital information, so that we would be able to process using computers. 4.Computer software(School) Website constructing software, FrontPage and dreamware, and photo design software, Photoimpact and Irfan View, enabled us to build up our website and web design. 5.Field trips(Everyone ) We visited elders, chiefs and historians of the tribes, and went to Old Paiwan in the remote mountain area, the old tribal site down the hill, small tribes scattering various spots, and the original sites where legendary tales took place.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

With the starting point of cultural history, we visited the tribe’s elders and chiefs, who told us about the history. The information they gave us were translated by teachers or tribesmen fluent in the mother tongue, and they asked the elders and chiefs questions for us, in order to find some tracks to the past. We also visited historians of the tribe, who knew much about the history of Paiwan Tribe. Then we visited houses of the chiefs, in order to obtain more detailed information, as well as for the opportunity of seeing more exquisite historical articles in their houses. With so many visits, we hope to let people get to know more about the ordinary-looking Paiwan Tribe at the roadside of Yan-shan Highway. Although the village does not have dashing appearances, it is a place full of history, culture, natural features, and art. It is a place deserves your visit.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

We often met some tourists on our outings. At first they were not sure what we were doing, but then with more understanding, they would show their admiration and appraisal for what we were trying to do. We hope that through the project tourists would be more interested in digging deeper for the tribe’s history. By knowing Paiwan Village, they would develop a love for old tribal sites, and would then grow to love tribal arts, history and culture. Moreover, we hope that by introducing Paiwan Village, people would have more understanding and become more interested in the tribe. Here in the village we have culture, history, natural scenery, Paiwan art, and it is also a good place for mountain hiking. The project could work together with the tourist bands of Maulin National Scenic Area, and attract more tourists.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

•Parents 1. Contacting interviewees 2. Plan consultations •Community residents 1. Providing information 2. Guiding 3. Translation •Volunteers 1. Website construction 2. Program designing 3. Website teaching

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Getting to know the history of Paiwan Village was the most overwhelming thing for us. We learned that our village has a history of over a thousand year, and is one of the origins of Paiwan Tribe. The village has the art and culture of Paiwan Tribe, and many people have worked very hard for passing down Paiwan Tribe to the next generation. Through the process of working on the project, the teachers, team members and community residents all learned the beauty of this land, and how to treasure it. Although this land has no sky-scrapers and trains of cars, we have the simple and honest spirit that others don’t have, and the fresh air and the greens that everyone is after. We would like to tell everyone that we love living here; it is a place that we are proud of, and deserves a visit from you.


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