AP PHOTOS: Archery tradition thrives in northeast India


              A dog looks at archers silhouetted against the afternoon sun on a ridge overlooking the Laitlum Canyon about 20km (12 miles) from Shillong, India, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. In villages scattered across the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya an ancient tradition of archery still continues and regular competitions are held between different localities. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              A local man smokes a traditional pipe next to his mates practicing archery at the edge of a ridge overlooking the Laitlum Canyon about 20km (12 miles) from Shillong, India, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. In villages scattered across the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya an ancient tradition of archery still continues and regular competitions are held between different localities. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              A group of local men practice archery on a ridge overlooking the Laitlum Canyon about 20km (12 miles) from Shillong, India, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. In villages scattered across the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya an ancient tradition of archery still continues and regular competitions are held between different localities. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              An archer waits for an archery event to begin in Shillong, India, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Each afternoon, except on Sundays and public holidays, this event takes place in a small field and people place bets on the results. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              A man sorts arrows after the first round of an archery event in Shillong, India, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Each afternoon, except on Sundays and public holidays, this event takes place in a small field and people place bets on the results. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              Archers sort arrows after the first round of an archery event in Shillong, India, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Each afternoon, except on Sundays and public holidays, this event takes place in a small field and people place bets on the results. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              Kiosks display the previous day's results and take bets for future archery events in Shillong, India, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. Each afternoon, except on Sundays and public holidays, this event takes place in a small field and people place bets on the results. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              A man collects arrows that were thrown on white sand to declare the results, after the first round of an archery event in Shillong, India, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Each afternoon, except on Sundays and public holidays, this event takes place in a small field and people place bets on the results. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              An official sorts arrows in batches of ten in each grid for counting after the first round of an archery event in Shillong, India, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Each afternoon, except on Sundays and public holidays, this event takes place in a small field and people place bets on the results. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              Archers collect stray arrows out after the first round of an archery event in Shillong, India, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Each afternoon, except on Sundays and public holidays, this event takes place in a small field and people place bets on the results. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              Archers collect stray arrows from around the hay target at an archery event in Shillong, India, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Each afternoon, except on Sundays and public holidays, this event takes place in a small field and people place bets on the results. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              Archers and spectators gather to hear the result after the first round of an archery event in Shillong, India, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Each afternoon, except on Sundays and public holidays, this event takes place in a small field and people place bets on the results. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              Organisers collect arrows from a hay target to be counted after the first round of an archery event in Shillong, India, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Each afternoon, except on Sundays and public holidays, this event takes place in a small field and people place bets on the results. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              Archers shoot at a hay target at an archery event in Shillong, India, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. Each afternoon, except on Sundays and public holidays, this event takes place in a small field and people place bets on the results. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              Archers shoot at a hay target at an archery event in Shillong, India, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Each afternoon, except on Sundays and public holidays, this event takes place in a small field and people place bets on the results. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              A man strings his bow as he prepares to participate in an archery event in Shillong, India, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. Each afternoon, except on Sundays and public holidays, this event takes place in a small field and people place bets on the results. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              A quiver of arrows is hung on the wall of the office of the Khasi Hills Archery Sports Institute in Shillong, India, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. The institute organises a daily archery event except on Sundays and public holidays and people place bets on the results. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
            
              A group of local archers are silhouetted against the afternoon sun on a ridge overlooking the Laitlum Canyon about 20km (12 miles) from Shillong, India, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. In villages scattered across the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya an ancient tradition of archery still continues and regular competitions are held between different localities. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)