Chin-Te Liu said, “My uncle living in the mountains often told me the stories about the tribe,” and that was the inspiration for the art works by this Truku sculptor.
Sha-Ren was the Truku name for Chin-Te Liu born in Shilin Tribe in Wanrung Township in Hualien County. He moved away from the tribe with his family when he was a child and had not been able to learn about his native culture until he was 38. When he was discharged from the army, he was recommended for a position in a factory producing sculpture souvenirs and worked there for 15 years when he learned about stones and the stone sculpture skills. Meanwhile, he also realized the importance of culture.
In an attempt at art creation, Liu went to Puli Township to be an apprentice of Lian-Huai Teng whose teacher was Yu-Yu Yang. He also returned to his tribal village to be with his uncle in order to learn more about his life experiences in the mountains and from hunting so that he could feel the tribal culture he belonged to yet had not had the access to. His affections for his native tribe gradually grew through his imagining uncle’s stories again and again. Those unfamiliar stories, with his sculpting skills and a heart to pass down the cultural heritage for the tribe, finally turned out to be Truku legendary sculptures.