Panel Discussion: Bunun Indigenous Music of Taiwan

The music of the indigenous Bunun people of Taiwan centers around a form known as Pasibutbut, a ritualistic prayer for the millet harvest. Pasi means “harmonious sharing” and butbut is “mutual support.”

This international panel discussion will bring speakers together from both Taipei and Detroit to celebrate their traditions, including filmmaker Chih-Lin Yang, Bunun Chief Guo-Ching Wang, Bunun Music Director Shiu-Lan Chuan and Professor Daniel Birchok, Professor in Anthropology at the University of Michigan-Flint.

They will discuss the history and performance traditions of the Bunun, and present recordings of contemporary collaborations with the National Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan This live-streamed program can be seen on the DIA’s Facebook page and Youtube channel, and viewers will be able to post questions for the panelists. 

Click here to watch a short documentary film about Bunun music and culture >


Sponsored by the Michigan Taiwanese American Organization in collaboration with the Ann Arbor District Library, Detroit Institute of Arts, Oakland University Taiwan Week, University of Michigan-Flint, Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments and the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.