To help entice the Bunun people to remain in their villages and settle on their own land, the Bunun Cultural & Educational Foundation started the Bunun Tribe Leisure Farm which combines tourism, hospitality, arts and culture to help promote the local economy by revitalizing and sharing their aboriginal lifestyle, traditional culture, and crafting techniques.
If you get the chance to visit, don’t miss out on the internationally-famed eight-part polyphony. The singing technique is also quite rare in the history of world music. The eight-part polyphony is also called “Millet Harvest Song,” or “pasi-but-but,” and is often sung at millet harvest festivals and ceremonies. The people imitate the sounds of nature, treating the voices of the land as a gift of life, and showing their gratitude to the heavens by responding to the voice of angels with the voices of man.
Pasi-but-but is commonly composed of 8-12 people. The number of performing members must remain even. Many of the members are three generations from the same family making it an even more meaningful group of performers. The people will gather together and walk in a counterclockwise direction. The performance has no conductor nor sheet music, but the rich harmonies made up of thirds, fifths, and octaves, stack up to become the most beautiful sound that is impressive and moving! The teamwork and unity between the tribal people are also amazing and admirable. Don’t forget to make a phone call reservation if you wish to attend a performance. （Photo Credit: Taitung County Government）