National Geographic : 1941 Feb
Arch-Isolationists, the San Bias Indians 199 Down to the Press a Shy Woman Carries a Bundle of Sugar Cane Her husband brought the stalks from his mainland plantation. The San Bias live on islands close to shore, but they raise their crops, obtain water and firewood, shoot game, and bury their dead on the mainland. Photographs by Kurt Scverin They Will Take the Palm Leaf to Church When It Is Braided Dressed up for the occasion, the boys will participate in the consecration of a church on Rio Azucar Island. A San Blas boy seldom wears clothes until he is ten years old, when he receives a hat and long-tailed shirt. Later he gets a pair of trousers. His father teaches him to make his own clothes (page 217).