National Geographic : 1958 Oct
All Kodachromes by Luis Marden. National Geographic Staff Singing Women Call Turtles from Pacific Depths Sitting high above the sea, residents of the village of Namuana, on Kandavu, en treat turtles to emerge from the depths. The author saw two answer the summons. Only certain Fijians possess this mysterious rapport with sea creatures. Their secret is their own; white men cannot fathom it. Mother of Turtles, called Tinandi Thambonga, rocks gently on the surface, as if lis tening to the women's chants. Boys balance precariously on their bamboo raft in a stream on Viti Levu. Inland ers float goods from mountains to coast with rafts.