National Geographic : 1940 Sep
Island Treasures of the Caribbean U National Geographic Society Kodachrome by Edwin L. \Visherd Every French Village Cottage Is a Hatters' Castle Wives and daughters braid splits of palm leaf into the woven strips from which are made the cone crowned headgear. Their glowing handiwork is marketed through a co-operative shop (Plate XVI). Behind the woman at the right is a cistern, which catches rain water draining from the roof. Husbands and fathers are mostly fishermen. These shy, thrifty, intelligent people, who came from the near-by island of St. Barthelemy, speak a patois which is largely 17th-century Norman-French. A few know enough English to chat with visitors (Plates VIII and IX).