National Geographic : 1959 Nov
Cool and Roomy, a Split-level Tukuna Home Overlooks the Jungle Built on stilts to escape frequent floods, the dwelling has no walls. A gabled roof of thatched palm leaves slopes far down to keep out wind and rain. Teen-agers sleep beneath the mosquito net on the upper level, and maidens hide there during their three months of seclusion. When the festival starts, they move to a hut along one side of the big downstairs room. Most important event in a Tukuna girl's life, the coming-of-age ceremony takes place when she is 12 to 14 years old. A double festival 634 is rare; usually a girl faces the ritual alone.