National Geographic : 1950 Jan
© National Geographic Society 4 Islander, Daughter, and Pony Walk to Market with Copra Beside this quiet, palm-ringed bay on Nuku Hiva sits Taiohae, which in its days of glory boasted of having bishops, governors, prisons, saloons, and warships. A death-dealing opium habit, enslaving the people, left only ruin. This load of dried coconut meat represents a month's work. Kodachromes by Charles Allmon 4 Vaitere's Skipper Checks Each Purchase on His Portable Scale Here on Ua Huka the captain is a man of dignity, the islanders' periodic contact with the world. His assistants, who carry a 250-pound load of copra, are sailors at sea, stevedores on shore. They bear out the Marquesans' reputation of being the best physical speci mens in the South Seas.