Arts and Culture
In the past, non-indigenous singer-songwriters incorporated indigenous music elements into songs through musical appropriation. However, in recent years, many indigenous singer-songwriters have appropriated pop music forms into the process of music making. Since most of the indigenous singer-songwriters with cultural intentions perform themselves through social media, they communicate culture to other people. As an online community platform, social media has a function of interpersonal communication to the contemporary indigenous music community. Moreover, indigenous music became a dialogue field between musicians and listeners, from which it could be heard that the consultations between indigenous peoples and other groups in Taiwan during each period. The purpose of this paper is to depict the contemporary indigenous music and to know how contemporary indigenous singer-songwriters in Taiwan can communicate indigenous culture through music via social media to rethink the identities. Therefore, the relationship between medium and indigenous music is vital for understanding the different appearances of indigenous peoples from the context of history. This research will focus on recognizing the appearance of indigenous music from the period of the vinyl’s, the cassette culture to the comparatively recent CD period. This project provides a unique perspective of contemporary indigenous music and culture to understand the relationship between indigenous music, culture and social development in contemporary Taiwan and to break through the notion of regarding the Taiwanese indigenous as a whole for young generation rethinking the identities.