A single drop of water can merge into a stream, and then form a waterfall splashing down from up high. Its sound is like the pasibutbut, an eight-part polyphony by Bunnun people from Luluna Village, located in a region of Central Taiwan standing 1,000 meters high. “Luna” begins here. As you approach in the dark, the singers’ voices grow louder. The stage is a high altitude forest, where you are surrounded by voices singing to one another from different mountain tops. Turning on your headlamp, you follow the footsteps of the dancers, soaking in the magnificence of traditional Bunun ballads. With your back straight and upright, you carry a hunter’s confidence, and then bow your head humbly to give thanks to the Mountain Spirits. We are thankful to the ancestors for teaching us to live with nature. “Luna” carries with it the Bunun’s traditional ballads, as well as their ceremonial rituals and everyday life. The dance is kept simple and is rooted in the hunter’s spirit. It responds to contemporary indigenous peoples’ hardships, asking: Without a hunting ground, are we still hunters? The same question also makes us think: Without a stage, are we still dancers? “Luna” is not just song and dance, it is a reflection and extension of traditions. We hope the audience to be moved by our singing, and in turn get to know one of the tribal peoples in Taiwan called the Bunun. We hope our work brings us to more places so we can meet different people, exchange stories and share goodness. And we will bring along the village elders’ blessings: “We hope that you share our songs with more people, using the malastapang, the exploit-praising ritual of the Bunun wherever you go.”.
by Bulareyaung Pagarlava