National Geographic : 1949 Dec
J% 833 Ned Blood from Camera Clix Bleating, Kicking Sheep End a 2,000-mile Flight from Australia Bellies Up Before Wahgi Valley's pastoral age set in, its people were industrious gardeners, growing yams, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbages, and beans. Seeds for all these except yams came from the coast across foot trails hundreds of miles long. Crops were not rotated; worn-out lands were abandoned. Farmers, knowing nothing about selec tivity, chose poor seeds as readily as good. White teachers have improved the old methods. To pasture sheep, they have ripped out coarse native grasses and planted tender clover and alfalfa. They plan to introduce tea and coffee as money crops. The people found it difficult to visualize rams, ewes, and lambs from descriptions. When the promised beasts arrived at last, onlookers at the airstrip burst into cheers. Small boys. faces filled with wonder, here crouch beneath the plane. Do sheep bite? they seem to ask. The flock finished its long journey in good condition.