National Geographic : 1949 Nov
The Indians Keep the Ground Outside Their Grass Houses Neat and Tidy Waste is never thrown out to make a litter in the dooryards, but is carried far away for dis posal. Among these people clean liness is a fetish. Their huts, skill fully made, are designed for com munal living. They sleep in ham mocks hung from the inside to a strong center pole. The women experiment with coiffures, though the favorite is a shoulder-length bob. Most of them wear bangs. An arrange ment for children consists of two little braided wisps starting above the ears and passing around the head as a band (page 689). One night when subchief Sabas and his family came to visit the expedition camp, he sat on his wife's backpack sling to keep his freshly laundered white trousers from getting soiled. The explor ers opened a tin of raisins and passed them around to the In dians. Then they split up one of their Edam cheeses. The adults liked it, but the children spat it out after one bite. After an interlude of music from the radio, old Reya, an elder among the Indians, indicated he would like to return the compli ment. He played a few weirdly beautiful minor key melodies on a handmade bamboo flute.