National Geographic : 2001 Mar
FROM OUR ARCHIVES Flashback INDONESIA Dressed to Kill When Mabel Cook Cole explored the island of Nias off the coast of Sumatra for a 1931 article, warriors still wore knife sheaths decorated with tiger-tooth amulets. But the rhinoceros-hide armor reported by early travelers was nowhere to be seen. "To-day no large animals exist on the island," Cole wrote, "and the sheets of metal used on the coats of mail are obtained from Chinese traders on the coast." This photograph was never published in the magazine. O IIl I1 You can send this month's Flashback as an electronic greeting card and access the Flashback photo archives at nationalgeographic.com/ ngm/flashback/0103. NATIONAl GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN00279358) ISPUBLISHED MONTHLY BYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, 1145 17THSTNW.WASHINGTON. DC20036-4688$2900 AYEARFORU.S.DELIVERY. $5.00 PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDES POSTAGE ANDHANDLING) PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAIDATWASHINGTON. DC,ANDATADDITIONAL MAILING OFFICES. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGES TONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. POBOX63002. TAMPA. FL336633002.