National Geographic : 1925 Feb
CAIRO TO CAPE TOWN, OVERLAND Photograph by Caddis and Seif FREIGHT BARGES OF TIlE NILE AT LUXOR Native dhows with perilously high lateen sails help bring out the products of the Nile Valley. To the Sudan the world looks for the best qualities of one obscure raw material, gum arabic. Harvesting good grades of gum arabic from a species of acacia depends on a hot, rainless season, and this the Sudan supplies. This gum serves in medicine, mucilage, and photography. The world is beginning to look to the Sudan for cotton, too. ment was an absence of wild flowers; but there were flowering trees. We barely managed to keep up with the safari. Much to our surprise, they took short steps. One presupposed that long-dis tance walkers adopted a long, swinging stride, but not these blacks. MEN OF TIHE SAFARI WERE DESCENDED FROM CANNIBALS Those who laugh at the big feet of the American Negro should see the work such feet are educated and adapted to do. They have the natural feet, we the unnat- ural. Long before the first To miles were finished, our shoe-wrecked "civilized" feet were crying "enough." These men of our safari belonged to the Bari tribe, of the region of Rejaf. Some years ago a cannibal tribe swooped down on the then peaceable Bari, killed the men, and ate most of the young chil dren. The Bari women the cannibals took as their own and settled down to lead a domestic life on the spot. Therefore the Bari are a considerably mixed tribe. We had several gentlemen in our safari who, even at this late date, looked as 147.