Makatao people
Makatao, Tao
Makatao man and woman in Chinese painting.
Total population
More than 20,000
Regions with significant populations
Pingtung, Taitung in Taiwan
Makatao, Taiwanese, Mandarin
Animism, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Siraya, Taivoan, Taiwanese Aborigines

The Makatao people (Chinese: 馬卡道族), also written Makatau or Makattau, are an indigenous people in Taiwan. The Makatao originally settled around lowland Kaohsiung in Southern Taiwan, later largely migrating to Pingtung and even further to Taitung in the early 19th century due to the influx of Chinese immigrants.

The indigenous people historically called themselves Makatao or Tau.[1]

See also


  1. ^ Tsuchida, Shigeru; Yamada, Yukihiro; Moriguchi, Tsunekazu (1991). Linguistic Materials of the Formosan Sinicized Populations I: Siraya and Basai. The University of Tokyo Department of Linguistics. p. 29.