National Geographic : 1942 Sep
Field Museum ofNatural History For Men Only, the Hangarlike Council House of a Ma'dan Tribe Seats 200 ataSmoker The reed lodge of the late Sheik Falih es Sehud (pages 384 and 414) is cleverly constructed of the only material available, the15-foot rushes oftheTigris Valley marshes. Arches of reed pillars in the interior are six feet thick. Similar reeds provide homes and schools for thepeople, feed their fires, and hide them from enemies. The exploring author, ignoring warnings, found the Ma'dan generous and entertaining. Armed only withamedicine kit and asense ofhumor, hecanoed through the swamps as sun and insects assailed him (page 401).