Monthly Archives: June 2010

Episode 89: Thao Canoe

In the past, every Thao family has at least one canoe. Private homes use small canoes while the community uses large canoes. The canoe is the transportation most representative of Thao culture. It is made of a camphor wood split down the middle. Because of its oil and the natural cent that fends off insects, camphor wood is the ideal choice.
What scientific principle is behind the Thao canoe? What games are the children going to play in this episode?


Episode 88: Net Fishing

Due to the geographical conditions, in Central Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake, fishing involves setting a net at sunset, about 5 or 6. A light by the net attracts the fish. Before the sun comes up the next morning, fishermen would row out in their canoes to catch the fish.

Episode 87: Tremor Fishing

In the Bunon tribe, there is a traditional fishing method that uses the tremor of rocks to disorient fish in the rocks. Because of the immense sound produced by the clashing of two rocks, the sound wave can make the fish dizzy, and the Bunon can easy catch the fish.

Episode 86: Palakau

The Fata’an tribe of Hualien, Taiwan live in an area far from the sea with small rivers. Because of the Fata’an wetland, the indigenous people of the tribe developed a sustainable way of fishing called palakaw, or fish house.
Palakaw is a structure with three stories. The first story composes of bamboo tubes, the second level consists of wooden sticks. Vegetation would grow on the third level. Different kind of fish could live comfortably in each level. When people want to eat fish, they would only need to reach in.