National Geographic : 1951 Feb
256 George itnoger-lagnum Jaunty Feather, Gray Heron Wings, and Monkey Fur Adorn a Korongo Warrior Complete wing plumage of the heron (Ardea cinerea) is lashed to his back. The fur "plumes" are manes and tails from colobus monkeys. Korongo tribesmen show little interest in raiding, pillaging, or other forms of warfare. Men learn to be expert handlers of spears, but this tradition extends back to the days when the tribe was forced to protect its herds against marauders. In most tribal fights, which are over women, sticks and not spears are the chosen weapons. The Korongo stress development of strength and courage in their young men, chiefly by training them for roles in wrestling and spear-fighting tournaments. Intervillage wrestling and spear-fighting matches are peaceful affairs, climaxed by a huge feast. Until recently such celebrations sometimes had a tragic end. When visiting tribesmen were about to go home, attempts at kidnapings led to fights in which some participants were killed.