3) For the Love of Yaki: Lawa “Yaki” Piheg is the last of her Taiwan indigenous Atayal tribe with facial tattoos that in the afterlife will appease a spiritual gatekeeper and permit her to cross the ‘rainbow bridge’ leading to her ancestors.
“Yaki” in the Atayal language respectfully means ‘elder.’ Mr. Baunay has for decades been documenting Yaki’s life, along with other indigenous elders who have all passed away. What about this connection that Baunay shares with Lawa and others?
Contemplating the bigger picture, this is also about ‘development’ and global culture change.
Moreover, what is this alluring attraction Yaki harnesses that draws so many people to her? What does this love for Yaki potentially symbolize, or even personify, regarding our connection with culture, community, the passing of time, and some inherent meanings for Us all?