National Geographic : 1942 Jun
From Village to Village He Carries the Mail This Malagasy postman may carry his crude pouches, slung on the stick, as far as 45 miles. A railroad connects Madagascar's capital with the east coast port of Tamatave, and 16,000 miles of motor roads are passable in dry season, but only rude trails link hundreds of communities. On His Bamboo Guitar aMalagasy Plays aTribal Melody This instrument, called avaliha, isastringed section ofbamboo about four feet long. Strips of strong outer fiber arestrung and tightened over small bridges of pumpkin shell. When strummed itsounds likeaguitar. At themusician's feet is a prized gasoline tin, utensil ofathousand uses.