Exhibition shows boars of Alishan

An exhibition entitled “Enjoy Artsy Fun in Laiji the Tribe of Boars” has recently kicked off in November at the Chukou Visitor Center. Wood artifacts made by the indigenous Tsou people are now on display. All visitors are welcome to learn the creativity and artistry of the Tsou.

Laiji located in Alishan Township, Chiayi County was originally called Lalaji. As it rests at the foot of the Tsou people’s “holy mountain”—Tashan, it is acknowledged by many to be the “everlasting tribe.” Laiji is 800 meters above the sea level, and the beautiful Alishan River meanders through it. According to legends, it was hunters from Fuye Settlement who discovered this place during a boar hunt several hundred years ago. Because this is a good place to live and farm, some Tsou people moved here, and made boars the symbol of Laiji.

The “artist village” for the Tsou today, Laiji exudes strong cultural charm. A number of new artist groups have been formed over the last few years, such as “Studio for Tsou Women.” The studio makes traditional everyday tools with a creative touch, suggesting a new look of Tsou handicraft art. Supported by the Alishan National Scenic Area Administration, traditional handicraft art has become a major tourist highlight in Laiji.
Six series are shown at the exhibition this time. “Cherry Boars” represent innocent births and babies that need to be taken care of. “Naughty Boars” seem to be running around and frolicking in the woods, while “Boars of Love” fully dedicate themselves to love. “Boars with Knives” would sacrifice themselves to keep their families safe. “Warrior Boars” have the perseverance and wisdom to fight against the odds. “Tree Ring Boars” shows respect to nature and the cycle of life. Each and every object is dynamic and refined.

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