Aboriginal Head Hunters

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Note: These pictures may reflect the consequences of increased Japanese activity in the highlands.
Japanese officers often used Aborigines to fight their local rivals, with various incentives.
The headhunter wearing a belt with cartridges was photographed by Mori Ushinosuke in August 1904,
just after a bloody Japanese instigated massacre of Wushe area Atayal by Bununs allied with the police.
That is to say, these postcards may reflect a sort of danger, but not necessarily a danger to outsiders.
The other photos are staged and required cooperation due to the slow shutter speeds of the time.
(~thanks historyguy)

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A close view of a skull museum in an Atayal village

Photo above came from http://www.nationalgeographicstock.com/
Type in "Taiwan Formosa" and you will find 20 more old Taiwan images.

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See also http://taipics.com/abo_drink_sharing.php

1912 Article

13 page article from a dis-bound copy of "Wide World Magazine",published in 1913 or 1914.

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