National Geographic : 1912 Sep
When a man dies, whether his death be natural or due to violence, the other members of his family repair by night to some village of their enemies, cut pieces from their tur bans, and throw them down on the ground. This is interpreted as an intimation that they will return and take heads some time within six months, and they believe that the dead man knows no peace until this is done. THE ONLY CURE FOR A WIDOW'S GRIEF A widowed wife starves herself for days, discards her upper gar ment, and may not bathe during a period of six months unless the men of the family sooner succeed in taking a head. During the entire period of mourning, which is sup posed to end when a head is taken, she gives away to hysterical fits of weeping and shrieking, which last for hours. The women of this tribe are cele brated for their chastity, and the affection between husbands and wives is undoubtedly deep and last ing. Their mourning is in many cases the result of genuine sorrow, rather than of the necessity for the perfunctory carrying out of a time honored ceremonial. Many a night have I lain and listened to some poor woman, half a mile away, who called to her de parted husband from dusk to day light with hardly a moment's inter mission. These faithful women often refuse to refrain from out ward manifestations of grief after the prescribed period of mourning has passed, but continue to call for their husbands, and I know of no more pathetic thing than their long continued efforts to bridge the mys terious gulf which separates them from those whom they have loved, ending, as not infrequently happens, in their own death or in madness. Of the ceremonies which attend the return of a war party with heads, we at present know little, except that the heads are ultimately chopped into pieces, one of which is given to each member of the war party, who thereupon places it in AN INHABITANT OF "NO MAN'S LAND" Note his feathered head ornaments and his grace fully shaped head-axe. The men are noted for their superb physical development.