National Geographic : 1942 Jun
Mrs. Douglas L.Oliver A Big Crowd Bearing a Hollow-log Drum Means Prestige for ItsOwner Most of the weight here is in the framework, not the drum. On Bougainville Island, in the Solomons, men fill special houses with heavy drums. The heavier they are the more people will have to carry them, and the more notice the owner will get. The more feasts a person givesthe more often hecansound thedrums inthe drum house-and maybe he will even become chief. "Blowing your own horn" on Bougainville means beating your own drum.