National Geographic : 1962 Sep
KODACHROMESU NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY Cook sieves rice on a Mato Grosso cattle ranch. A region of flooding plains and wide pasturelands, the Mato Grosso supports about two persons a square mile. Many Brazilian tables offer rice twice a day. Relaxing in a hammock, a Mato Grosso ranch hand dan dles his child. Saddle and sad dle blankets hang on the wall; braided leather lariat coils on the floor. Hammocks swing everywhere in Brazil. Yellow feather marks a sol emn-eyed youngster's contri bution to Rio's carnival gaiety. His topknot is not uncommon among Brazilian boys. Mud and-wood walls may be seen in both city slums and the country.