National Geographic : 1930 Nov
Photographs by T. D. Carter SCHOOLMASTER AND HIS MUZZLE-LOADER He is probably the Indian who aided the Clementis in their ascent of Roraima in 1916 and whom Mrs. Clementi refers to as "all muscle and sinew, full of gaiety and laughter." The origin of his peculiar name is not known. Evidently the story of the Schomburgks' visit is handed down among the Indians, for Schoolmaster often tried to tell the Expedi tion something about "Sham-bran" (see, also, text, page 586). THESE AMAZON PARROTSARE THE BEST TALKERS IN THE WILD The birds often sat together on top ofthe author's native hut and gave the most amazing vocal imitation of agroup ofyoung children at play-screams, shrieks of mirth, chucklings and scoldings, the wailing and whimpering of the hurt ones, and, interspersed through itall, what was no doubt Arecuna baby talk. Ifbrought up from the nest, this species of "screecher" will learn almost every kind of sound that ithears.