National Geographic : 1966 Jan
Clay Fish and Wooden Souls Work Magic During the dry season, Chief Malakiyaua (left) hides a fish charm (above) in a wicker basket. Then it is sunk in the lake to lure a good catch. The Waura found the image in a place five days' journey from their village where, they believe, the sun lived when he was a human. As the water level falls lower and fish seek deeper pools, the Indians perform the patdpu ceremony with bull roarers, wooden blades carved and painted to rep resent the souls of fish (lower left). Whirled from the end of a long pole by a skirted man (below), the blade creates a deep humming-a song to call fish back to fill empty Waura nets.