Tribal villages in India are turning back time and taking up archery training to preserve the sport and to represent India at various levels.
Here is the story of Shiwatrai, a village in Chhattisgarh, which has produced close to 50 national archers and has no plans to stop any time soon.
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Shiwatrai, tribal village in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh has alone produced nearly 50 national archers. Both men and women take to the sport at a young age, despite facing the problem of lack of resources. Two more such tribal groups, the Bheels and Bhilalas of Madhya Pradesh have taken it a step further by completely avoiding the usage of their thumbs as a silent protest against Drona and Arjuna and a tribute to Eklavya who cut off his finger for Dronacharya as ‘guru dakshina’. They even take their teer-kamthi to their funeral pyre.
Targeting a sport like no other!