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The Saisiyat's

With a population of about 5,200, the Saisiyat is the smallest aboriginal group in Taiwan. The Saisiyat have special features that include patriarchal organization and the Pasta'ay ceremony honoring dwarf spirits. Saisiyat legends say that in its earliest days, short, dark-skinned people inhabited Taiwan. They were skilled with the bow and arrow as well as in agriculture and magic. Because of their small population and location between Atayal and Hakka groups, however, traditional customs have unavoidably been deeply influenced.