National Geographic : 1920 Oct
Photograph from Dr. Theodore P.Cleveland AN APOLLO O.F TAHITI IN LIVING BRONZE The Tahitian's favorite abode is a bamboo hut, preferably built; in a grove of palms. When the French administration, formilitary reasons, compelled residents in the vicinity of Papeete to build in the open, with some regularity with regard tostreets, those affected sulked and gradually returned to their old haunts. Now, when the native copra magnate feels his social position demands some display, heoften builds intheEuropean fashion, but lives in a "Robinson Crusoe" hut of this type near by.' The walls are bamboo sticks, the rafters hibiscus, and pandanus leaves form the roofing. The entire structure is built with the idea not of keeping the rain out, but of letting in the breezes.