Segawa's Illustrated Ethnography of Indigenous Formosan People: The Tsou


by Yuasa Hiroshi

SMC Publishing Inc., Taipei










Segawa's Illustrated Ethnography of Indigenous Formosan People: The Tsou
A tri-linguistic monograph
ISBN 957-638-554-7
SMC Publishing Inc., Taipei
Tel : 886 - 2 - 2362 0190
Fax: 886 - 2 - 2632 3834

Preface, part of the,  by  Dr. Yuasa Hiroshi: 

Between 1928 and 1939, Mr. Segawa carried out his fieldwork in Taiwan from the viewpoint called ˇ§ cultural pluralismˇ¨ of today. He carefully photographed the traditional life of nine indigenous groups. Mr. Segawa was planning to publish an illustrated ethnography on the groups based on those materials. The publication was delayed since there was not a publishing company willing to take responsibility for publication in Japan. After many years of dedication to the project, he passed away in 1998. Mr. Segawa committed the publication of his work to me and I took over his mission. And finally his dream has come true, supported by MORITANI & CO., LTD.

The first volume deals with the Tsou. I joined the team of Mr. Segawa to reexamine them on the spot in 1979. We took supplementary photos of inherited agricultural produce, most of the useful plants and utensils and added information on their traditions. The pictures taken by Mr. Segawa before the second World War were reexamined, reconfirmed and supplemented. Captions for the photographs were basically written by Mr. Segawa, based on the lifestyle of the Tsou before the war. Mr. Segawa had received permission to use floor plans by Mr. Chijiiwa Suketarou before passed away.


Ethnobotany: Raincoat   Millets

Ethnozoology: Fishing   Fishing with poison

Ethnoecology: Millets cropping


Chapter 1 Introduction

Distribution of Formosan indigenous groups; Region inhabited by the Tsou; Introduction of the Tsou

Chapter 2 Physical Characteristics

Northern Tsou; Southern Tsou

Chapter 3 Clothing and Ornaments for Men

Clothing; Tool Pouch; Ceremonial jacket; Weapons; Leggings; Leather footwear and raincoat; Baby decoration and alteration; Ornaments; Leather headgear

Chapter 4 Clothing and Baby Ornaments for Women

Clothing; Rain mantle and footwear; Formal Dress; Ornaments; Baby decoration and alteration 

Chapter 5 Villages and Structures

Villages; Houses; Animal bone shelves in the house; Kuba, the village gathering place; The house of the chief; Hufu, Clan gathering place and ritual house; Bridges

Chapter 6 Agriculture

Origin of their farm products; Origin of their farm products; Irrigation and preparation; Hand adz; Italian millet; Irrigated rice fields; Other grains; Voyu; Vegetables and beans; Yam and taro; Bananas; Cultivated fruits; Condiments and vegetables; Tobacco; Gourds; Plants for handicrafts; Silver-grass; Luxury plants and special edible wild plants; Comparative of some cultivated plants; Table of cultivated plants; Domesticated animals

Chapter 7 Fishing and Hunting

Fishing; Fishing with poison; Fishing trap fence; Hunting; Crossbow; Trapping

Chapter 8 Food and Drink

Carrying water; Transporting firewood; Setting up a fire; Preparation of Italian millet; Butchering of a pig and distribution; Diet; Banana processing; Wine; Smoking

Chapter 9 Production of Living Utensils

Baskets; Winnowing basket; Tanning; Spinning and weaving; Basket making; Handicrafts made from kitposa; The Tasseled amulet fkuo; Pottery making

Chapter 10 Daily Living

Musical instruments; Prayer and shamans; Games

Courtesy of Mr. Te-Wen WEI, SMC Publishing, Inc.

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