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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.

Photo: Tsung-hsien, Liberty Times

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)






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