National Geographic : 1917 Feb
Photograph by Charles Martin LOOK OUT, OR OFF GOES YOUR HEAD! This youthful headhunter of the Philippine Islands is a son of a chief of the warlike Ilongote tribe, and he lives in the mountains of northern Luzon. The greater part of his costume is worn upon his head, and the little ornaments that look like trout flies are really tassels of white horsehair, highly prized by these people. Indeed, strands of horsehair are often more desirable than money in these mountain fastnesses, and burden carriers who have earned a dollar by swinging along difficult trails under a load of eighty pounds for three days have been known to refuse coins in favor of horsehairs.