National Geographic : 1956 Mar
Facial Dots and Lines Are Tiwi Vanities -+Melville Island elders wear the old-style fringe beard, plucking other facial hair. For a ceremonial occa sion such as this, the beard may be stiffened with a sticky sap and daubed with ocher, or covered with a false beard of feathers. Painting becomes more elaborate at each stage of the funeral rites. Before the final pukamani, partici pants spend most of a day decorating one another with supple twigs dipped in ocher and clay. Lower right: Even youngsters get the full-dress treatment. © National Geographic Society Charles P. Mountford (right and below); Jane C. Goodale (lower right) 437 + Pickaback Youngster Enjoys the Funeral Rachel fondles a goose-feather ball as she rides aloft. Her father wears scars-marks of beauty-on arms and chest.