In 1918, during the Japanese colonial period, the tribes in the upper reaches of the Mugua River began to move to the river terraces in the middle reaches of the river, and in 1928, they became known as the Tongmen tribe. In less than a hundred years since the formation of the tribe, the tribal environment has changed with social development, and the elders of the tribe have gradually left, so their memories have slowly decayed and details have been gradually forgotten, yet the history of the family lineage from which the tribe originated is incredibly detailed.
“The gate toward tradition is closed!”
For myself, a child of Seejiq Truku, the inspiration of the closed gate has opened up a dialogue and a search with the various clans of the tribe, and the family stories that have been passed down through oral tradition and translated through video have brought us together. Traditional times have passed and modern habits have changed us, yet the core of Gaya remains the same, Mgaluk Dowmung ties us all together so that we as a community can be seen.
A native of the Taroko tribe, born in Tongmen tribe in Hualien, Rngrang is her first name and Hungul is her father’s name. Rngrang took up DV as a student in 2007 to make her first short film “Sense of Identity” to explore her own identity and ethnic issues. In 2009, after typhoon Morakot, she shot several films on ethnic issues in the various tribes in Pingtung, including two short films and a video Experimental films. Her works are mostly about female characters, and she has long been concerned with issues of ethnicity and gender, and she is currently a freelance filmmaker.