National Geographic : 1919 Oct
FINE FEATHERS MAKE A FINE BEAU IN SOME REGIONS OE THE CONGO A Mobunda native does not think himself presentable without an elaborate millinery creation, which may consist of bunches of feathers, a wreath of leaves, or a small wooden carving-any object that he thinks may contribute to his beauty. As for protection from the rays of the sun, he relies on the thick mass of woolly hair with which nature has provided him. A WOMAN EROM THETRIBE OEZAPPO ZAP, ACHIEFTAIN CREDITED WITH 300 WIVES As the traveler goes eastward heobserves that thefeatures ofthe natives become more refined. Insome types very few ofthechar acteristics usually attributedtonegroes aretobefound. The black color, so common on the west coast, isreplaced byasoft chocolate brown, which in certain individuals merges into dark yellow. Kasai people speak of the inhabitants ofthelower Congo as"black negroes."