National Geographic : 1989 Nov
On Assignment A SPIRITED but amiable exchange developed when Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap (right, at center) met with PETER T. WHITE, at left, and TRAN VAN DINH. In a lengthy interview, Giap praised the inge nuity of the Vietnamese people during his successive campaigns against France and the U. S. For White, a veteran of 36 magazine assignments, it was his eighth trip to Vietnam-but his first to Hanoi. For Dinh, who served in South Vietnam's diplomatic corps from 1954-64, his assignment for this issue was a return to his native land. He recalled an early introduction to the magazine in 1946 when, as a Vietnam Liberation Army offi cer, he advised the Pathet Lao in its fight against the colonial French. While helping civilian evacuees cross into Thailand, Dinh spotted a suspicious looking trunk. It held dozens of yellow-bordered magazines. "If I knew how to read the articles," Dinh remembers a Laotian officer saying, "my education would be greatly enhanced." The trunk was returned to its owner, who later sold the GEOGRAPHICS for ten dollars each. Photographing for the GEO GRAPHIC, DAVID ALAN HARVEY (left) works hard at building a rapport. "I pick a restaurant and go back every day and eat with the people," says Harvey, here getting acquainted in Hanoi. "At first I'm a curiosity, but then I begin to blend in. That's when I get my pictures." "THE BABIES were terrified of me," says ROBERT C. BAILEY of his first encounters with Zaire's Efe Pygmies, who fear that most foreigners are cannibals. "When they misbehaved, their mothers would carry them toward me, saying, 'He's going to eat you.' " The arrival of Nadine Peacock (right), a fellow researcher and his future wife, made Bailey as part of a couple-seem more human. The two lived with the Efe for extended periods, while pursuing doctorates at Harvard and teaching anthropology at UCLA. They studied some 1,200 individuals-she the women, he the men. Moving with the Efe from camp to camp, the pair endured all the rigors of jungle life, including bouts of malaria and other tropical maladies. NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THENATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,17THAND M STS. N.W., WASHINGTON,D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAID AT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P. 0. BOX 2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.