National Geographic : 1944 Nov
572 The National Geographic Magazine wild pig meat. Some of their huts I saw were lined with boar skulls. Because of tribal fights, the Mamanuas are fast diminishing; men are already so scarce that some hus bands have eight wives." About Davao Gulf live the simple pagan Bagobos. Many of them have worked on the American planta tions in recent years. But they don't like Japs, and therefore many quit the hemp country for the hills. In the last few years they're credited with having removed hun dreds of Japanese heads! For work on Ameri can plantations, in saw mills and mines, labor supply comes chiefly, however, from the 400,000 Mohammedan SI: Moros and from the 1,240,000 Christian Filipinos, many of whom are descendants of Luzon and Visayan immigrants who came Willard Price here in Spanish times. Here Ear, Not Eye, Absorbs the Day's News On his bus ridesacross Bagobo men and boys do carry small objects in the split and distended lobes Mindanao, guarded of their ears. However, this delivery was the cameraman's idea. by the Constabulary, our photographer Joe parties must make friends with the pagans, Roberts says that in places monkeys were as of whom there must be 200,000. . thick as jack rabbits at sundown along an Ari "Though written years ago, I think Dean zona ranch road. C. Worcester's studies of these people are still Cooked with a "New England boiled din the best ever printed.* ner," Moro style, Joe got a big green banana "To us, the Manobos were particularly use- in place of carrots. ful; they're good blacksmiths. They make excellent bolos and spears. "They also make a stringed instrument, with A Moro boy who toted Joe's camera cases guitarlike frets, often shaped like a crocodile, was named Pershing. Joe was astonished when which takes a lot of skill in playing. Their a Jolo youth walked up and said, "I'm Abdura legends say they came from China, long ago, haman Ali, champion swimmer. I was in the to work in gold mines; maybe so. They're Olympic Games in Los Angeles." still good miners. * See, by Dean C. Worcester, in the NATIONAL "In the northern Diuata Mountain region I GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, "Non-Christian Peoples of saw much of the Mamanuas, a well-developed the Philippine Islands," November, 1913; "Head hunters of Northern Luzon," September, 1912; and people of Negrito stock. They live on camo- "Field Sports Among the Wild Men of Northern tes (a mealy type of sweet potato), deer, and Luzon," March, 1911.