National Geographic : 1941 Nov
Staff Photographer Luis Marden An Interior Native's Smile Reveals Sharp-pointed Teeth Dwellers near Ocu in Herrera Province have adopted this strange custom of tooth-filing or chipping (page 616 and Plate XV). One method is to place a dull knife behind the tooth, then chip off the edges with a rock. The natives say it improves their teeth and makes them last longer! Staff Photographer Luis Marden Something New in Costume Jewelry-Flashing Fire Beetles! Cocuyos have tiny "headlights" which glow green, and "taillights" which diffuse a yellowish gleam. Panamanian girls pinthem atnight ontheir dresses or in their hair. The pins pass through ahorny part oftheinsects. The girl holds a hollow sugar-cane "cage" inwhich they arekept indaytime (p.615).