Lawa Piheg, the last woman in the Atayal indigenous tribe with their traditional facial tattoos, died Saturday at the age of 97 in Taiwan. Lawa was tattooed on her cheek and forehead when she was eight years old, although the custom had already been banned in Taiwan under Japanese rule. She was featured in the 2018 documentary “The Marks of Honor – Atayal Facial Tattoos,” giving the oral history of the tribe’s tradition. See full story here.
The Ministry of Culture in Taipei said it is planning a project to record the oral history of Taiwan and store the information in an online database. The project will give Taiwanese of all backgrounds a chance to relate, record and share their stories, according to the ministry.