National Geographic : 1929 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE A VENICE OF AMAZONIA DURING HIGH WATER When the River Javary is at the flood stage, the only means of getting about the villages on its banks is by canoe. In the dry season the edge of the stream is 60 feet distant. THE RIVER WENT AWAY AND LEFT THEM One of the vicissitudes which beset a traveler by dugout in Amazonia is the uncertainty of the rivers. He may tie up at night alongside a bank, pitch camp, and when he wakes next morning the level of the river may have fallen and he will find himself 1oo yards or more from the main channel. If he cannot obtain native help in moving his crude, heavy canoes, he sometimes remains stranded for months before the river rises and sets him free.