National Geographic : 1927 Jan
Photograph by Captain Frank Hurley PREPARING FOR A PAPUAN REGATTA A stone adz is the principal implement used by the New Guinea native in hollowing out and shapinghis canoe from agreat log. Certain seasons of the year are regarded as being especially favorable for canoe-building, and after each boat is completed astick must bethrown from end toend. Several bulbs of taro are then attached to both bows as an offering to the Taro Spirit who will guide itsafely over the waters. Note the grotesque figureheads.