National Geographic : 1983 Jan
Soothing grief, a woman uses a cake of dye called roucou (above) to anoint Indians of Twanke, marking the end of the mourning periodfor the deceased wife of the village headman.Made of crushed seeds in a nut oil base, roucou takes days to wear off. Later, ritualbathing in the river (left) begins a celebrationenlivened by prodigiousdrafts of kasili. The manioc plant used for making the traditionaldrink also supplies a staple of the Wayana diet-cassava cakes. Besides manioc, the Indians grow sugarcane, bananas, and yams on fields cleared by the slash-and-burnmethod. The plots are used until the thin rainforest soil is exhausted, then abandoned for new ones. The forest offers nuts, eggs, and insect larvae for the taking. What Futurefor the Wayanas?