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Primitive Homestead of a Formosan Head-Hunter

PRIMITIVE HOMESTEAD OF A FORMOSAN HEAD-HUNTER

The rifle in hand of the Atayal warrior is the only outward sign of civilization to be seen in this quaint homestead. The Atayal are born hunters, and head-hunting is the one crime of violence laid to their charge, for in many points of morality these mountain savages can take their stand side by side with other and more civilized nations

Members of an Atayal Family at Home

MEMBERS OF AN ATAYAL FAMILY AT HOME

In the mountain fastnesses of northern Formosa the houses of the Atayal tribes are widely scattered. Near their homesteads are quaint little erections, raised some three to five feet above the ground. They are the storehouses of the tribesmen. The structure is lodged on what appear to be four colossal mushrooms, the circular boards surmounting each post being provided against the ravages of rats