In September, I visited
Bhutan on behalf of World Archery, and found it one of the most bewitching places on the planet. I wrote a very long piece about archery culture there, which has been split into three parts.
The first part is about the country and Bhutanese traditional archery:
The second part is about the national Olympic team:
and the third is about how archery is infused into the culture of the region:
Enjoy, when you have a moment. There’s plenty of pics in the piece, here are some of the other photos I managed to take, when I wasn’t wielding World Archery’s video camera (look out for the results of that a little later :)).
Traditional bowman on the Changlimithang range, Thimphu. © The Infinite Curve 2017
Bhutanese bow weights range from 30 pounds to about 50. Your bow is usually as tall as you. © The Infinite Curve 2017
There’s a lot of this. As there should be. © The Infinite Curve 2017
Heavyweight Hoyt compounds are usually the order of the day. © The Infinite Curve 2017
Damn. I forgot my national dress. (What is British national dress anyway?). © The Infinite Curve 2017
This was a team from the Bhutan Broadcasting Corporation. One of them came over and wanted to talk about 4K cameras for a bit. © The Infinite Curve 2017
Prizes! © The Infinite Curve 2017
I mean, it kind of all looks like this. © The Infinite Curve 2017
Bhutan recurve represent (1) © The Infinite Curve 2017
Bhutan recurve represent (2) © The Infinite Curve 2017
Compound target at the Bhutan Archery Federation’s range. © The Infinite Curve 2017
Shooting rate ‘card’ at the Paro range. © The Infinite Curve 2017
Sitar Tshering, traditional bowyer and arrowsmith. © The Infinite Curve 2017
Image of the Bhutanese royal family. © The Infinite Curve 2017
Hoyt is a crazy big brand here. Like Superdry or something. © The Infinite Curve 2017
Scoreboard, Paro range. © The Infinite Curve 2017
just wow. © The Infinite Curve 2017
Watch the documentary ‘The Archers Of Bhutan’ here.
You can read more about Bhutanese archery at the Yangphel Archery website.