Palwan Hunting School
let’s ?nd out how to hunt a wild pig the size of
A pig? Look at this. This is bear, OK?
OK, Mr. Teddy Bear.
You’re breaking my heart.
Michael and I are at a hunter’s school in Maolin,
Pingtung County today, taking a look at how Paiwan
and Rukai tribesmen used to trap and hunt prey.
This is it?
Yes, this is for catching wild boars.
Oh, and this is the spring release mechanism.
So when you step in it, it’ll spring.
Yes, it’ll be sprung.
This is an animal trail, tight?
Yes, we place snares along the paths they often
Ah, and then rope with which to catch the prey.
Yes, so you cover this up.
Then you wait for the boar, or bear to show up.
What else can you hunt here?
Lots, like wild boars, deer, goats, other large
Speaking of the way of life here, did you know that
most indigenous Taiwanese people here are Christian
In the 1940 s and 1950 s, missionaries from abroad
came, brought and handed out food and goods and
then started preaching here.
Especially the part about the snares, that was really
amazing to me. You get a little glimpse of how di?cult
it must have been to live a century or two centuries
ago in these mountains. Where you had to have that
special knowledge of special knowledge of animals
habits, you have to know how to set the right snare
in the right spot. If I lived in those days, I would
have been a very thin man.。