National Geographic : 1945 Jan
Seafarers of South Celebes This Little Girl Wanted to Stay Awake and See the Fun In Bira's old mosque, choruses of singers made a tremendous racket, hysterical men shrieked, and the camera flash exploded. But nothing woke the child; it was long past her bedtime hour (page 66). On the way they usually call at Bira for a few days. After the prau masters have sold their bark in Java the ships have no fixed routes, as they are ready to carry cargoes wherever they are wanted. One prau, for instance, may spend the rest of the sailing season making short voyages between Java * and the Lesser Sunda Islands, and another may pick up car goes destined for more distant ports in Suma tra f and Borneo.$ Some of the long-distance voyagers of Cele bes have settled in small communities in islands far from their original homes, and as these groups have continued their seafaring life there are a number of the high-sterned ships with home ports in various parts of the archipelago. But many of the praus in the Indies do not sail nearly so far from their home ports as the Biran ships, for their voyages are confined to areas-some large, some small-along the coasts of the larger islands or within island groups. * See "Through Java in Pursuit of Color," by W. Robert Moore, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, Sep tember, 1929. t See "Among the Hill Tribes of Sumatra," by W. Robert Moore, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, Feb ruary, 1930, and "By Motor Through the East Coast and Batak Highlands of Sumatra," by Melvin A. Hall, January, 1920. $ See "Sarawak: The Land of the White Rajahs," by Harrison W. Smith, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGA ZINE, February, 1919.