National Geographic : 1937 Oct
© National Geographic Society MADEMOISELLE GOES CALLING IN HER TRADITIONAL FINERY Her shawl, its fringed ends draped under the wide belt, takes the shape of a Gargantuan swallowtail butterfly. Beost, her native village, is in the Valley of Ossau, once a virtually independent republic. Few other sections of the Pyrenees have guarded their traditions so zealously. Finlay Photographs by W. Robert Moore BEHIND WOMEN'SSKIRTS HIDE TWO MEN OF HOSTA Performers representing woodcutters, with axes and fancy headdresses, march beside the dummies. ABasque dance may include characters dressed as blacksmiths, knife grinders, gypsies, and abarber with ahuge wooden razor. Village notables donate wine and gifts asthe parade passes.