Sakinu Ahronglong: 山豬 (Hunter School)

The latest addition to my website is Sakinu Ahronglong‘s 山豬 (Hunter School). Ahronglong belongs to the Paiwan people, one of the indigenous peoples of Taiwan and this is basically his story and the story of his people and their attempts to preserve their way of life. He does this by telling tales of himself, his family and their people. Above all, they are in tune with nature and remain so, even when hunting. We learn about their habits and the habits of the animals, about their relationship with the neighbouring Amis people (not always good), with the majority Han Chinese (definitely not good), about how drunkenness has become common and how the people have lost their way. Ahronglong’s aim throughout the book is to preserve their way of life and restore their lost cultural values. It is a thoroughly enjoyable book, very well told by its author.

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