National Geographic : 1957 Jul
© National Geographic Society 96 Dancing Giants, the Aristocratic Watusi Brandish Weapons and Shake Monkey-hair Manes Leaving the smallest people in the Congo, the Thomases flew to Ruanda Urundi to visit some of the world's tallest. Many of the Watusi tower seven feet. Despite black skins, they are not Negroes, but come from a Hamitic strain. Among the most advanced Africans, they become teachers, nurses, veterinarians, and agricultural advisers. These performers, students of a Belgian missionary school, preserve old-time dances. Their brilliantly patterned cotton skirts, headdresses, and ankle bells became familiar to movie-goers in the film "King Solomon's Mines." Dancers make tremendous but graceful leaps and charge wildly with spears fixed.