Here it comes!
We’re in Cawi today, experiencing the Amis traditional
way of life, scooping fish!
Because we’re right at the mouth of the river, there
are a lot of migratory fish. Here at the village,
we let visitors try out fishing with our triangular
and octagonal nets. We fish responsibly because our
nets are only this wide.
Amis men not only fish, they shoot arrows to hunt,
We are near both the mountains and the sea, so sometimes
we want a taste of the mountain as well.
You still hunt by bow and arrow?
Very rarely. In the old days, but now we buy our pork.
Don’t tilt your head forward.
Ten! How is this different from what you did as a
kid in England?
It’s pretty similar, although the bow is a little
bit bigger. It was just to let us have a try to see
what it was like.
So it’s basically the same thing - they let you have
a try and experience what it was like for your ancestors,
and they’re doing the same thing here.
Right now there is sea urchin. It’s sea urchin season.
There are snails as well, like this. For me, the sea
is a traditional source of food and also a place from
which life comes. We want visitors to get to know
not just what we eat, but also how we get it.
I had a lot of fun, and I think it was a real privilege
to get a glimpse of how these people live traditionally.
Absolutely, and I think for people that are travelling
around, it’s quite a unique thing to be able to come
and especially have a go at the fishing. Particularly
with the triangle shape nets. I think they were pretty
cool. And I think if we could have gone in a little
bit further and had a go, it would have been really
great. So catch our own fish and eat them, it doesn’t
happen to you every day, so I think that’s a pretty
good thing to come and have a go at.