National Geographic : 1930 Sep
IFUGAOS HAVE DEVELOPED AN EXCEPTIONAL CULTURE These pagan tribesmen, builders of most of the mountain rice terraces, are distinguished for extraordinary industry (see illustration, page 322). They have a 13-month calendar, kept by the clan wise man, who begins his reckoning about mid-July by tying a knot in a string. For every succeeding day a knot is made until the number totals 28. A new cord is then started for the next month. ONCE THE HEAD AX ANDSPEAR HAD DEADLY SIGNIFICANCE Pagans of northern Luzonare referred tointhe census of 1903 as Igorots, but the term means merely mountain people, and isnot the name of a tribe. Groups included inthe classification arethe Bontocs, Kan kanai, and Nabaloi. This manisequipped with the weapons that played a gruesome part in the feudsbetween the clans before American occu pation.