Barry Martinson interview about his time on Orchid Island

In the early 1970s Barry Martinson spent a year living on Orchid Island as a young seminarian. His book, Song of Orchid Island, recently rereleased as an e-book through Camphor Press, is a tender and fascinating account of the people and culture of the Tao tribe who live there.

Keith Menconi of ICRT (Taiwan’s English-language radio station) recently interviewed Father Martinson to get the story behind why he chose the island and how he found life with Taiwan’s poorest and most isolated indigenous community.


Barry Martinson