National Geographic : 1966 Aug
Touch of the amazon blends with a fondness for finery in Africa's young women. Recruits in Niger's La Milice-the militia-muster for Independence Day with berets, Israeli burp guns, and tennis shoes. Spent cartridge cases, one a relic left behind by Cameroon's German rulers before World War I, distend the pierced ear of a Mandara mountain maid. An aristocratic Malian Fulani, whose haughty tribespeople range the sub-Sahara, flaunts massive earrings of solid gold. Tat tooing provides a lasting lipstick; tray balanced on the head doubles as a purse. Tediously plaited braids set a style for 194 coiffures in Fort Lamy, Chad.