The Yang-Grevot Collection is a privately formed collection over the last decade through the efforts of a Franco-Taiwanese family in love with Taiwanese indigenous art and, by extension, with the Austronesian world.
Mr. Grevot and Ms. Yang-Grevot were motivated by the desire of fostering their children with an awareness of and respect for their cultural origins. They are motivated in educating the next generation about a culture that belongs not just to the island and its inhabitants but also to the greater Austronesian world where it originated.
After migrating from the island, some of the ancestors of today’s Taiwanese settled in an immense territory covering the whole South Pacific and parts of the Indian Ocean. It is now known the Austronesians went to the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Madagascar, Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia.
Field research beginning in the 1970s established a link between the indigenous Taiwanese and the South Pacific islanders with the Lapita style of terracotta. This connection was confirmed in the 1980s by linguists who concluded that Taiwan was the original source of the Austronesian languages. Subsequently at the end of the 1990s, with the assistance of modern science, this theory was confirmed by DNA analysis of the peoples living in the Pacific area.
To honor the Austronesian people in Taiwan, the Yang-Grevot family has been collecting quality artifacts produced by Taiwan’s indigenous tribes. They have made their acquisition not only in Taiwan but also from abroad by making purchases from collections outside the island to return the artifacts back to their original home and rightful place. These efforts were undertaken with the purpose of promoting the Austronesian cultures of Taiwan, both within Taiwan and around the world, where they remain largely unknown.
Even this modest collection requires a tremendous investment of passion, time and funds. It is expected that the collection, and the website, will continue to evolve and be enriched over time.