National Geographic : 1960 Jun
to Welsh and Cornish across the Channel. They share with the Cornish a common folklore and love the tales of King Arthur and the Round Table. Traditional dances, costumes, and music are kept alive by scores of Celtic clubs. Through mist and drizzle we had passed gradually from a bountiful land of flourishing farms, over rolling, vine-clad hills, to poorer heathland where hedges and stone fences enclosed tiny fields. Here little thatched stone dwellings, like the crofters' cottages of Scotland, huddled snugly against gorse-covered hillocks for shelter from the Atlantic wind. Almost three quarters of Brittany's people make their living on farms, grow ing a wide variety of produce or raising dairy cattle. A few days in the picturesque fishing port of Concarneau and the surrounding Cornouaille (Cornwall) district gave us glimpses of the sturdy folk who provide a generous share of the sailors for the French Navy. Late one sunny afternoon the inner port of Concarneau, pro tected from the sea by an old walled town on an islet, was alive with color and activity. Diesel trawlers came and went. Fisher men in bright-yellow oilskin aprons unloaded trays of small fish, bucket-brigade fashion, to be sold on the quay. Sugar-loaf coif, of starched lace and muslin, caps a sun tanned Breton woman. A plastic cover protects the towering headgear on rainy days. The woman spends 728 KODACHROMESBY WALTERMEAYERSEDWARDS, NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSTAFF ) N.G .S.