- Puyuma people
The Puyuma (zh-cp|c=卑南族|p=Bēinán-zú; POJ: Puyuma-choUnicode|̍k, Pi-lâm-choUnicode|̍k), also known as the Peinan or Beinan tribe, are one of the tribal groups of the
Taiwanese aborigines. The tribe is generally divided into the Chihpen and Nanwang groups, both resident in Taitung Countyon the east coast of Taiwan.
In the year 2000 the Puyuma numbered 9,606. This was approximately 2.4% of Taiwan's total indigenous population, making them the sixth-largest tribal group. [Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (DGBAS). National Statistics, Republic of China (Taiwan). [http://eng.stat.gov.tw/public/Data/511114261371.rtf "Preliminary statistical analysis report of 2000 Population and Housing Census"] . Excerpted from Table 28:Indigenous population distribution in Taiwan-Fukien Area. Accessed 8/30/06] The Puyuma speak their tribal language as well as
Standard Mandarinand Taiwanese. The Puyuma language, however, is dying.
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