National Geographic : 1934 Mar
COLOR GLIMPSES OF THE CHANGING SOUTH SEAS PLANTATION "MARYS" EAT PALM NUTS AND GOSSIP The men, recruited from neighboring islands for work on Espiritu Santo, usually exchange their earnings for pork on the hoof, but the women prefer cloth and gewgaws in return for their work. "Mary" is the equivalent of "woman" in South Sea pidgin English. POLYNESIAN WOMEN SMOKE AS THEY WORK Cigarettes, match box, scissors, and imported cotton dresses contrast with native-made head-bands of fiber covered with small shells. These buxom mothers are making fine necklaces of shells collected on the coral atolls of Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Archipelago.