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The ATAYAL Organization will launch a program for international culture exchange between Austronesian tribal groups. With the Tap Root Cultural Exchange program, the organization and its partners will host students from other Austronesian tribes of the world to explore their cultural connections. There will be workshops, a film festival and tours to indigenous sites in Taiwan. Exchange students will return home to share their experiences and knowledge to strengthen bonds between Austronesian groups.

The exchange program between Maori students from New Zealand and students in Taiwan launches in December 2013 and will serve as the model for the program. The theme of the first exchange will be Indigenous Media Cooperation.

The ATAYAL Organization will support a documentary film titled, "Beyond Hawaiki." The film will explore a young Maori man's discovery and connection to an indigenous tribe in Taiwan that share many similarities in language and culture with the Maori. When he discovers their unique social struggles, he open the doors to encourage the Maori to support their 'brothers' in Taiwan. The film gives viewers the opportunity to witness how much can be accomplished through international tribal cooperation on social issues.

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Voices in the Clouds trailer on Vimeo.

Voices In the Clouds is a documentary film supported by us, to share the story of a disappearing indigenous culture with the world. After screening at film festivals in the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, the film had its Himalayan premiere at Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival and its Oceania premiere at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival in New Zealand. On July 15, 2012, the film won the "Golden Drum" award given to the best film in the Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival.

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