There’s a taboo in indigenous hunting — you can’t decide beforehand what to hunt and how much to take. Resources are a gift from nature; there isn’t an endless supply for us humans to use.

Oceans and rivers provide a rich source of food and nutrients. We have a saying, “the ocean is our refrigerator.” But hold on a minute. When I go to the water, down to the fridge to get some food, why do I find flyers, garbage, and so many tourists? I haven’t thought about what food I will take, but this isn’t the ocean I used to know.


Note: “sinbilan: tmllyung,” means “passing the baton: river work passed down by our elders” in Atayal language.







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