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Taipei, Taiwan, August 3, 2007—Yami tribesmen arrive Tuesday at Taipei after paddling their traditional handmade boat 372 miles (600 kilometers) on the Keelung River. The crew launched from their home at Orchid Island, in southeastern Taiwan.

The launch of a newly completed boat is an important celebration for the Yami, an Aboriginal fishing people.

This boat is particularly special to the Yami as it is the largest built in a hundred years.

The Yami's small, 28-mile (45-kilometer), home on Orchid Island is under threat of contamination from a nuclear waste depository that was built on the island in 1982.

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