National Geographic : 1908 Jul
DUTCH NEW GUINEA PAPUAN CANOES The people rest themselves by folding up; they never sit as we do. Note the tripod for holding the mast smooth for a handle. They also are often beautifully carved. The artistic sense of these people is strongly developed, and the amount of time and pains which will be spent in decorating every gourd or joint of bam boo for household use is astonishing. Their tools, of course, are the most prim itive, for of metals most of them know nothing. The religious life of the people is still very imperfectly 'known; here again a great field awaits the student of ethnol ogy. Their methods of burial vary greatly and are interesting, to us often disgusting. These subjects, along with an account of the little-known tribes at Djamna and Humboldt Bay, will be touched on in a subsequent paper.* The author will feel that he has been more than repaid for the discomforts of this trip if he has awakened an interest among Americans in this wonderful re gion-a country which, in spite of draw backs in its climate, its notorious un healthiness, and its often rather inhos pitable or even dangerous inhabitants, will always remain the most interesting region he has ever visited. * To be published in the August number of this Magazine.