National Geographic : 1927 Jan
Photograph by Captain Frank Hurley A GLIMPSE OF TROPICAL LUXURIANCE IN THE AWANEN VALLEY Canopies of stately palm trees, cascades of green vines that in some places create the impression ofasolid wall of verdure; festoons of creepers, clusters of gigantic ferns, and the brilliant hues of orchids and other blooming plants make one's progressup aPapuan river like avisit tothe fabled realms of fairyland. At one point along New Guinea's coast the sailors of Captain Cook's Endeavour sawcoconut trees and wished togoashore. The explorer's humane treatment of the natives was exemplified by his refusing permission. He said that natives would bekilled inthe fighting that was certain to ensue, and he did not wish to sacrifice human lives for coconuts.