National Geographic : 1961 Jul
Women Follow Male Dancers in Outlandish Costumes Mother-of-pearl eyes stare from ma caw-feather masks that represent river spirits. In the dry season the In dians don the hoods for dances peti tioning the gods for favorable crops. Men make the costumes in a bach elors' hut, where youths go to live until they take a wife. Two girls follow each pair of masked men but always keep their distance, stopping when the men stop and never venturing onto forbidden, male-only ground. The rhythm of rattles sounds a cadence for the steps of the palm leaf-skirted dancers.