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Truku people

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Truku people

A Rukai village Chief visiting Department of Anthropology in Tokyo Imperial University during the Japanese rule.
Regions with significant populations
Truku, Mandarin
Animism, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Taiwanese Aborigines

The Truku (Chinese: 太魯閣族; pinyin: Tàilǔgé zú, also romanized as Taroko) people are an Indigenous Taiwanese tribe. Taroko is also the name of the area of Taiwan where the Truku tribe resides. The Executive Yuan, Republic of China has officially recognized the Truku since January 15, 2004. The Truku are the 12th aboriginal tribe in Taiwan to receive this recognition. Previously, the Truku and the related Seediq people were classified in the Atayal group.[1] The Atayal and Seediq slammed the Truku for their name rectification.[2] Aboriginals have criticized politicians for abusing the "indigenization" movement for political gains, such as aboriginal opposition to the DPP's "rectification" by recognizing the Taroko for political reasons, with the majority of mountain townships voting for Ma Ying-jeou.[3]

During the Wushe Incident Tkdaya Seediq people under Mona Rudao revolted against the Japanese while the Truku and Toda did not. The rivalry between the Seediq Tkdaya vs the Toda and Truku (Taroko) was aggravated by Wushe Incident, since the Japanese had long played them off against each other and the Japanese used Toda and Truku (Taroko) collaborators to massacre the Tkdaya. Tkdaya land was given to the Truku (Taroko) and Toda by the Japanese after the incident.

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  2. ^ ed. Vinding 2004, p. 220.
  3. ^ Simon 2011, p. 28.
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