Taiwan aboriginal craftsman revives ancient archery bow

When aboriginal tribesman Yuming A-von got his first taste of Taiwan's ancient archery tradition he was dismayed to see indigenous people using bows and arrows from other cultures. His own Atayal tribe used homemade wooden bows for hunting for centuries, but the craft has fallen out of fashion. The Atayal are one of 16 aboriginal tribes in Taiwan, which together make up about two percent of the population. Hunting is a way of life for many, although rifles have taken over from bows in recent decades. A-von noticed 10 years ago that tribespeople at local archery competitions were now using what he describes as "Han" bows, referring to ethnic Chinese settlers. "It...

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