National Geographic : 1927 Jan
Photograph by Thomas J.McMahon THE CEREMONIAL DRUMS OF NEW HEBRIDES NATIVES Every native village in the New Hebrides archipelago has its dancing ground, and the men meet onmoonlight nights toperform fantastic antics to the booming of their deep bass drums. Some of these instruments, carved from trunks of trees, are eight feet ormore inheight. The noises they make are deafening. One rite is the memorializing of former chiefs in effigy. A crude statue of clay andfiber represents that dignitary and his actual skull is used for the framework of the head. Around this gruesome image the festivities take place.