Composer Gao Yi-Sen
Editior／Felicity Fei-Hsien Chiu
Gao Yi-Sen (1908-1945) was an aboriginal hero named Uyongu
Yatauyungana in the mother tongue of his Tsou tribe. He entered the Tainan Teachers College in 1924 and showed his talent in the field of both music and literature. He graduated in 1930 and then worked as a teacher and policeman at his hometown. In addition, he led the people of his tribe in the development of bamboo cultivation. He composed many songs at this time and led the people of his tribe in a performance of the "Hunting Song" in front of the president office in the Japanese colonial government.
Gao served as governor of Wu Fong township in 1945 but was arrested during the 228 Incident of 1947 because his tribe occupied the Chiayi magazine and the Chiayi airport. In 1951, Gao was accused of hiding Tainan County Governor Yuen Kuo-chin who was considered a spy by the Kuomintang government. Gao was therefore arrested and executed.
Photo courtesy of Formosa Aboriginal Song and Dance Troupe