National Geographic : 1961 Jul
KODACHROMEBY HARALDSCHULTZ© NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY a swamp deer at a river crossing. Noose and pole help to drive the animal ashore women. If, however, a young woman's curi osity is too great, and she cannot help at tempting to fathom the secret of the men's mask house, the punishment is severe. In ear lier times she could have been killed; today she risks becoming the prisoner of the young men living there. Boys of about 12 leave their parents' house and live in the mask house. Here they are initiated into the old traditions, learn all kinds of manual work, make the holy masks, and learn the songs thoroughly. Bachelors Enjoy Life of Ease Not until men are married may they dwell in the village. But during their bachelorhood they are supported by the village. For this reason a lazy fellow frequently prefers to de lay his marriage. A Javahe of about 30, with a large hooked nose, dark eyes, and muscular body, took Teemaree to his heart from the very first day. "May Teemaree go fishing with me?" he asked. The look of the man won our confidence. Tonia became Teemaree's trusted friend and took the boy everywhere with him. When they are in the canoe, we can see from afar the boy's yellow hair gleaming among the dark Indians. At sundown they return, and Teemaree drops a string of pira nhas on the sand. They are dead, he believes, but one still has strength enough to snap at his finger. Teemaree returned from one of his fishing expeditions in a state of high excitement. In a lake he had found a school of tiny blood-red fish, a kind he had never seen be fore. When I went to the spot, I recognized the species as one I had collected 12 years earlier. All my specimens had died, however, on the trip back to civilization.