Taiwan: Aboriginal Group Recognized
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The Sakizaya people were decimated in attack by Chinese soldiers in the 19th Century and the survivors lived among other tribes to avoid persecution.
In recent years they have fought for recognition as a separate ethnic group. They will now have access to government funds to preserve their culture as well as medical and educational benefits.
The Sakizaya were granted their official status at a colourful ceremony, presided over by Taiwanese Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang.
The Taiwanese cabinet also approved funding for the reclamation of traditional Sakizaya land taken by the Taiwan Sugar Corporation,
The BBC's Caroline Gluck says it has been a long fight for the Sakizaya who, like other aboriginal groups in
The tribe was believed to have been wiped out entirely in 1878 after losing a battle against Qing dynasty invaders from the Chinese mainland.
Subsequent generations of Sakizaya tribe members survived by blending in with another aboriginal group, the Amis tribe, but discreetly maintained their own traditional culture and language.
The Sakizaya campaign began in 2005 and involved tribe members writing thousands of letters to
There are believed to be between 5,000 to 10,000 Sakizaya in
Aboriginal groups account for around 2% of