National Geographic : 1934 Mar
COCONUTS AND CORAL ISLANDS © Australian National Research Council FIGHTING SPEARS LOOK AWKWARD, BUT IN EXPERT HANDS THEY ARE DEADLY The many-pointed weapons, resembling hatracks, are made from the hard outer wood of the coconut tree. In the past, warriors attacked individually in quick rushes, each attempting to break his opponent's spear. A youth was instructed in the art by his father or other male relative. For many years there has been no organized fighting in peaceful Ontong Java. © Australian National Research Council TOMBSTONES ARE CUT FROM THE SOFT CORAL ROCK Some of the men prying out this stone are wearing hats as a sign of mourning. Visitors to these islands since early times have remarked at the deep reverence shown to the dead.