Taiwan Indigenous Peoples Culture Park

North-South-East-West at Taiwan Indigenous Peoples Culture Park, Ping Dong 2005.


The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was exhibited at the Taiwan Indigenous Peoples Culture Park in Ping Dong Taiwan in March 2005.


The Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan

The indigenous peoples in Taiwan refer to the inhabitants who had been living on the islands before major Han Chinese immigration began in the 17th century. Culturally and linguistically, they belong to the Austronesian group. The Austronesian peoples, covering the most inclusive peoples in the world with the majority in Southeast Asia, originates from Taiwan in the north, extends to Easter Islands in South America in the east, and reaches Madagascar in the eastern coast of Africa in the west. The common characteristics to the Austronesian peoples are building houses on stilts to protect against damp, insects, and snakes; adopting slash-and-burn farming style; keen on chewing betel nuts, good at bamboo and rattan weaving; relying on hunting and fishing; and among others.

Taiwan is located in the very north point of the distribution of the Austronesian people and has been maintaining close contacts with the Austronesian peoples in the nearby South Pacific Islands for the last hundred thousand years. The various archaeological evidences suggest that Taiwan should be the origin of the distribution of the Austronesian peoples thousands years ago and should have played a critical geographical location as the origin of Ancient Austronesian peoples and in the process of migration to the South Pacific Islands.

The Origins of the Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan

It is currently said that there are two approaches to explain the origin of the Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan. One advocates that the origin of the indigenous peoples is located outside of Taiwan; the other one discerns that Taiwan is the ancient origin of the Austronesian peoples. The former theory is commonly popular and scholars testify in terms of languages, archaeology, literature review, folklore legends to conclude that the origin of the indigenous peoples should be the southeast coast of China. Scholars even predict the plausible era when the indigenous peoples migrated to Taiwan. For example, Saisiyat and Atayal must have immigrated to Taiwan around 3000 B.C. during the Paleolithic Age. Paiwan and Puyuma must have immigrated to Taiwan during the prime time of Southeast Asia Rock Age. The latter approach indicating that Taiwan is the origin of Austronesian peoples is a newer theory, a research result of many linguists.

Taipei National University of the Arts

North-South-East-West at Taipei Nat’l University of Arts, Taiwan 2005.


The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was exhibited at the Taipei National University of the Arts in Taipei Taiwan in March 2005.


The National Institute of the Arts

The National Institute of the Arts was founded in 1982 as an institute of higher learning for the arts. The institute was housed in Luzhou, Taipei County (now New Taipei City), from 1985 until its move in 1991 to its permanent campus in Kuandu, Taipei City. The buildings are designed in a neo-Chinese classical style and house state-of-the-art technology. The Institute was renamed Taipei National University of the Arts in 2001. Aside from the colleges and departments, the university houses the state-of-the-art Music Hall, the Performing Arts Center, including a theater hall and a dance recital hall, the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, a library, an Olympic-size swimming pool, the Center for the Study of Traditional Arts, a computer center, and the Center for the Study of Art and Technology.

Festivals organized by TNUA or using its campus include the Guandu Arts Festival and the Guandu Flower Festival (Guandu Flower Art Festival).

National Donghua University, Hualien Taiwan

North-South-East-West at Nat’l Donghua University, Hualien Taiwan, 2005.


The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was presented at the National Donghua University in Hualien Taiwan in March 2005.


National Dong Hwa University

The National Dong Hwa University a comprehensive public institution of higher learning in Hualien County, Taiwan. The school serves over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The name Dong Hwa signifies NDHU’s East Asia location while inviting a poetic allusion to the image of flowers. The school colours are green and yellow. The mascot is a native pheasant. The present university results from the 2008 merger of two public institutions: the National Dong Hwa University founded in 1994 (today’s Shoufeng campus in Shoufeng Township), and the National Hualien University of Education founded in 1947 (today’s Meilun campus in Hualien City)

Tamawan Village Gallery, Baguio Philippines

Medicine Wheel Video Installation exhibited in the Tamawan Village Gallery, Baguio Philippines, February 2005.


The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was exhibited at the Tamawan Village Art Gallery, Baguio Philippines, February 2005.


TAM-AWAN Village is a reconstructed Cordillera village showcasing the traditional Ifugao Huts, and Baguio’s art and culture scene. It was established by National Artist BenCab in 1998 together with Chanum Foundation to promote the local Baguio Artists. Tam-awan is a local word which means “vantage point” an apt name for a colony of Cordillera Huts that sit on a hillside that affords visitors a magnificent view of the South China Sea on a clear day. The Chanum Foundation, Inc., started reconstructing Ifugao houses in Baguio with the intention of recreating a native village accessible to those who have not had the opportunity to explore the different parts of the vast Cordillera region in the Philippines, laying the houses out just like a traditional Cordillera village. Tam-awan Village is also a venue for art exhibits, workshops and other activities that showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Cordillera people.






Ateneo de Manila University Art Gallery

North-South-East-West Installation exhibited at Taipei Ateneo de Manila University Art Gallery Philippines, 2005.


The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was exhibited at the Ateneo de Manila University Art Gallery, Manila Philippines in February 2005.


The Filipino tour included exhibitions and round table discussions at the following locations: Tamawan Village Art Gallery Baguio,  Ateneo Art Gallery Manila, – Darayonan Centre in Coron, Kamarikutan Gallery in Puerto Princessa, University of the Philippines Mindanao Cultural Centre Davao, Regional Education Learning Centre of Cotobato City, Round Table Discussions with Lumad groups in Cotabato City, and Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga

Artist Magazine of Taiwan, NSEW

Artist Magazine of Taiwan reviews North-South-East-West, December 2005.


Digital media professor Walis Diing-Wuu Wu of the Chung Yuan Christian University of Chung Li District Taoyuan City reviewed the North-South-East-West Installation in the Artist Magazine of Taiwan in December 2005.


Artist Magazine <-> Taiwan Art

Ever since the first issue was published in 1975, Artist Magazine has been instrumental in disseminating discourse on art in Taiwan. A two-way arrow appears between (Yi shu jia) Artist Magaine and (Taiwan mei shu) Taiwan Art connotes interaction.


Professor Walis Labai (Diing-Wuu Wu)

Professor Walis Labai (Diing-Wuu Wu) whose academic specialties include Digital Culture Studies, Media Art Creation, Communication Design,  Indigenous Culture and Arts,  Fashion Design, and Digital Media Design. Walis Labai is presently the Chairman of the Chung Yuan University, College of Design.


The Department of Commercial Design

The Department of Commercial Design at Chung Yuan Christian University was founded in 1984, as an academic unit under the College of Business. In 1992, the university established the College of Design which was the first of its kind in the nation. The college now consists of Departments of Commercial Design, Architecture, and Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture. In 1999, the Department began to offer Master Degree Programs, including a Master Degree Program for Working Professionals. The curriculum comprises of four core areas: design, humanities, technology and marketing. The objective of both undergraduate and master degree programs is to nurture students becoming strategic thinking and problem-solving design professionals.






Cotabato Philippines, Medicine Wheel

North-South-East-West at Regional Educational Learning Centre (RELC) of Cotabato City, February 2005.


The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was presented February 22nd 2005 in Cotabato City Philippines at the Regional Education Learning Centre. The Installation was inspired by the Anishinaabe Medicine Wheel.


The show accompanied by the Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines Peter Sutherland, was part of a 8 stop tour of the Philippines in February 2005, that included presentations at the Tamawan Village Art Gallery Baguio, Ateneo Art Gallery Manila, Darayonan Centre in Coron, Kamarikutan Gallery in Puerto Princessa, University of the Philippines Mindanao Cultural Centre Davao, Regional Education Learning Centre of Cotobato City, Lumad groups of Cotabato City  and the Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga.

The installation traveled to Taiwan in March 2005 and was exhibited at the Pingdong Aboriginal Cultural Park, Taipei National University of the Art, Taiwan Public Television System, National Donghua University, Aboriginal Art Institute, and the ShunYi Taiwan Aboriginal Museum.


The Cotabato presentation included an audience with the Teachers from the Regional Educational Learning Centre (RELC), the Canadian Embassador to the Philippines Peter Sutherland, Fatima-Ilon Adza, Al hadja Chief Administrative Officer of the Regional Educational Learning Centre.

Roundtable Discussions with Indigenous People of the Cotabato Region

Dr. Susan Y. Salivador-Anaytin – Chief Technical Management Services and Consultant for Peace of the Department of Trade and Industry of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, organized the round table discussion group where Indigenous People from the Cotabato Region voiced concerns about their culture and societies.


The Indigenous People Roundtable Dialogue at the Estosan Garden Hotel, Cotabato City of February 23, 2005 included the following list of participants: For Teduray Indigenous Peoples: Victoria Kanakan Executive Director – Office for Southern Cultural Communities (OSCC) – ARMM For Terudays and Manobos Indigenous Peoples: Ms Juanita Mamo and Rosita Bandala – Manobo IP and Kulaman Valley, South Cotabato, For Bangsamoro Group of Indigenous Peoples: Engr. Saad Yusah Director, Ms Sinaolan C. Mustapha and Hadja Bai Aleizzah Albaya-Balabaran Wampa of the Bureau of Cultural Heritage ARMM, For Manobos and other Indigenous Peoples in the Cotabato Area: Ms Felisa Rangaban and Ms. MAria Wanan for the NAtional Commission on IP, Region XII. For the Iranon Tribe: Mr Fispand Kamsa Commissioner, Mr. Mohammad Mang and Mr. Sol Kasim of the National Commissioner on Culture and Arts (NCCA).


Dr. Susana Salvador-Anayatin has been a partner with the Goldin Institute since its launch in 2002 in Chicago. She holds a doctoral degree on Peace and Development and is a part time Peace Educator in two graduate schools in Mindanao in the Southern Philippines. Aside from her work in the government and the academe, Dr. Salvador-Anayatin leads the Goldin Institute’s initiatives in the Philippines to convene grassroots movements and develop partnerships with international and local NGO’s working for peace and development. She is actively involved in the promotion of a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence with women, youth, former combatants and other vulnerable sectors of the society. She currently leads the Goldin Institute’s efforts to build a National Platform for Child Soldier Reintegration and a People’s Peace Initiative in the Southern Philippines.

National Chengchi University, Taipei Taiwan

North-South-East-West at National Chengchi University Taipei Taiwan, December 2005.


Thompson presented the North-South-East-West DVD and medicine wheel talk to Dr. John Antoine Labadie’s graduate students at the Center for Creativity and Innovation Studies at National Chengchi University in Taipei Taiwan in December 2005.


National Chengchi University

The National Chengchi University is a national co-educational research university located in Taipei. The university was established in Nanjing in 1927, and relocated to Taipei in 1954. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious and important universities of Taiwan. The university, abbreviated as NCCU, specializes in arts and humanities, mass media, social sciences, management, politics, and international affairs programs. It is the only public university in Taiwan which provides courses in journalism, advertising, radio and television, diplomacy, and several languages which are not taught at other institutions. The name Chengchi (政治) means governance or politics, and refers to its founding in 1927 as an incubator for senior civil service for the Nanjing Nationalist government of China.


Dr. John Antoine Labadie

John Antoine Labadie was trained as a sculptor at the Dayton Art Institute and then earned a bachelor’s degree in painting from the University of Dayton (1973), a Master’s, in perceptual psychology, from Wright State University (1980) and an interdisciplinary Doctorate from the College of Design , Architecture Art & Planning at the University of Cincinnati (1993).

John Antoine Labadie
Phone: 910-521-6618
Email: john.labadie@uncp.edu

Labadie has held positions with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Edison State College, Wright State University , Urbana University , the University of Dayton , the University of Texas at Austin , Boston University , and the University of North Carolina Pembroke . Dr. Labadie has been a faculty member in the Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke since 1994 and is the founder of their Digital Arts and Media Integration Studies programs. During the past ten years Dr. Labadie’s artworks have been exhibited in more than 200 national and international exhibitions and are held in numerous private and museum collections. John Antoine Labadie has been an advisor and board member with numerous international projects including: the International Digital Arts Association (Melbourne , Australia); the Academy of Electronic Arts (New Delhi, India); the International Association of Computer Graphics (St. Petersburg, Russia); and the Museum of Computer Art (Brooklyn, New York).

Dr. Labadie regularly serves an artist-in-residence or a visiting artist/scholar internationally. Labadie was a 2005-2006 Fulbright Senior Scholar in digital art for the “Center for Creativity and Innovation Studies” at National Chengchi University in Taipei , Taiwan . Other recent appointments include: National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan; The National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India; Banasthali Vidyapith University in Jaipur, India; the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung, Taiwan; Chung Yuan Christian University in Jhongli City, Taiwan; Taipei National University of the Arts in Beitou, Taiwan; the Beijing Film Academy in Beijing, China; Fo Guang University in Yilan, Taiwan; and Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, China; as well as numerous institutions in the USA.


Int’l Fest of Touristic, Eco and Sport Films of Serbia

North-South-East-West wins Award from Int’l Film Festival of Serbia, September 2004.


North-South-East-West the video, also known as The First Sunrise won The Special Award of the Festival from MEFEST, the 12th International Festival of Touristic, Ecological and Sport Films held from September 23-26, 2004 in Zlatibor Serbia.


The First Sunrise

The First Sunrise was inspired by the meaning of the east, as taught by the Anishinaabe Peoples of North America. This video seeks to express the beauty, power and mystery of the east. As it is from the east that we witness the sunrise, the start of a new day and symbolically the birth of man and our universe.

The First Sunrise is apart of the “North-South-East-West” new media series. The series involves the use of Web sites, CD-ROMs, DVDs, digital video, streaming media and webcasts.



For 16 years MEFEST is depicted over 1,600 films, of which more than 800 from 50 countries. Great recognition for the quality and the unique concept of the program and the professional organization MEFEST received in 1996, when he was admitted to the European association of tourism film festival CIFFT, which is based in Vienna, and since 2007 a member of the newly formed association ITCO, the European Federation of Tourist Press , based in Rome.

MEFEST today that our film festival which, in every respect, be proud of Serbian culture and on its open window into the world of new media, culturally refined at the same time and educational. Thanks to the Festival was established in cooperation with other similar festivals in the world, which allows our authors to present their achievements and be recognized outside our country. In addition to the film program, the festival traditionally organized presentation of current topics that are related to tourism, ecology, cooking and sports.