Yi Chunguang: inheritor of the Xibe Bow-and-Arrow Making Technique
I’m Yi Chunguang, a member of the Xibe ethnic group.
My hometown is Qapqal Xibe Autonomous County.
I’m a representative inheritor of the Xibe Bow-and-Arrow Making Technique, a national-level project of intangible cultural heritage.
Xibe is an ethnic group of bow and arrow.
We always consider the bow-and-arrow culture as the spirit of our ethnic group.
When a boy is born, we’ll hang a set of bow and arrow for him,
wishing that he can grow up to be an indomitable man who can protect his home and defend his country
When he reaches 7 or 8, we’ll make him a set of small bow and arrow.
He’ll start to learn archery and will be edified (with our bow-and-arrow culture)
In the past, when an elder passed away,
we’ll put in his coffin the bow and arrow that had accompanied him for his whole life.
This is how our Xibe people cherish and admire the bow-and-arrow culture.
The real Xibe bow is made from sinew and horn.
According to Kaogong Ji (a book of diverse crafts), 在这里头将近有180多道工序 there’re around 180 steps for making a set of bow and arrow.
Some of those I've made took more than 200 steps.
The primary aim of a bow is to help the arrow shoot farther.
Only when a craftsman is making (bows and arrows),
can he spell out the details (on how to make them).
Now, my direct inheritor is Yi Chenyong.
He’s also become a master of arts and craftsmanship in our autonomous region.
Many of the design patterns on my bows and arrows
were collectively designed by the two of us.
My sons are working hard,
so I believe that remarkable progress will take place.
The inheritance (of our bow-and-arrow technique) won’t be cut off.
Now our country develops well.
People receive higher incomes, and our lives get better.
我们现在特别地高兴 希望我们的儿女们在这个新时代[ Editor: Shi Ruoqi ]