National Geographic : 1952 Dec
< A Bird's Breast Tops a Dancer's Headdress Nature gives Yap islanders a wealth of material for personal decoration. Ferns, flowers, and feathers make headdresses, and cotton from the American dispensary some times forms topknots. Inner layers of coconut fronds make glistening yellow strips. One of these dancers has painted his face and chest. Common coloring materials are red clay and turmeric, the ground root of a native herb. A shirt-sleeved hand on the man's chest indicates a visit to a foreign tattooer, perhaps in Guam or the Palaus. Soon these two will be ab sorbed in their dance. Bodies will glisten with sweat as they stamp, slap thighs and arms, and pantomime an ancient folk tale. -- This youngster, in Colonia for the festival, wears her everyday grass skirt. Her fancy headdress carries a paper heart. The metal brace let came from Japan. Iodachrnmes hy W. r ofert Moore, National Geograpihic Stat'