National Geographic : 1930 Feb
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE HOMES OF THE BATAKS RESEMBLE ARKS ON STILTS Toba Lake natives set their boat-shaped houses on palings, leaving spaces under the floors for use as corrals at night and as work rooms for the women by day. The Menangkabau legend that Noah landed on Mount Marapi may have inspired this style of architecture. © National Geographic Society Autochromes by W. Robert Moore MENANGKABAUS LOVE COLOR, EVEN IN THEIR CHICKENS Dressed in their best, and carrying all manner of showy produce, the natives come from every direction to the Wednesday and Saturday markets at Fort de Kock. Though the population of the town is only 2,300, the crowds that jam the streets in a kaleidoscope of brilliant hues at these times, often number 20,000 to 30,000.