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Traditional Aboriginal skills kept alive in Manjhou Township
滿州原運會 秀生活技能

Women perform a traditional dance at the opening ceremony of an Aboriginal sports contest in Pingtung County’s Manjhou Township on Sept. 9.
十月九日於屏東縣滿州鄉,在原住民運動會的開幕典禮中,原住民婦女表演傳統舞蹈。

Photo: Tsung-hsien, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者蔡宗憲

On Sept. 9 Pingtung County’s Manjhou Township held a combined Aboriginal sports contest and municipal Aboriginal harvest festival. Activities included a tug-of-war, timber sawing competition, net throwing, a load-carrying relay race and other events, which exhibited both the wisdom and toil of early Aboriginal society. Even foreign tourists looked on with keen interest.

The event kicked off with Aboriginal dancing. Students from Changle Elementary School, Manjhou Village and the Makapahay Cultural Association separately performed Paiwan and Amis tribal dances. At the event, there were stalls displaying distinctive agricultural produce, which was an eye-opening experience for tourists.

The afternoon performance was a land-borne net throwing contest for which organizers had gathered a large quantity of tin cans. Veteran fishermen employed their skills developed through years of catching fish to rapidly net a vast quantity of “fish.”

Manjhou Township Mayor Yu Tseng-chun says that traditional Aboriginal skills exist mainly in the memories of the old masters, and that sporting events organized by the Township office allow these skills to be passed on to the younger Aborigines.(Liberty Times, translated by Edward Jones)

屏東縣滿州鄉十月九日舉辦原住民綜合運動會暨都市原住民聯合豐年祭,有拔河、鋸木、撒網、負重接力等項目,展現早期原民生活的智慧及辛勞,連外國觀光客都看得津津有味。

活動由原住民舞蹈展開,長樂國小、滿州村及馬卡巴嗨文化協會,分別表演排灣族及阿美族舞蹈,現場農特產品攤位讓遊客大開眼界。

下午登場的陸上撒網比賽,主辦單位找來大量罐頭,資深漁民使出多年捕魚本領,很快網回「大量漁獲」。

滿州鄉長余增春表示,原住民傳統技能大多只存在耆老的記憶中,公所透過運動會傳承給年輕族人。

(自由時報記者蔡宗憲)

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