National Geographic : 1984 Nov
On Assignment A WOMAN ON HER OWN in Africa is sure to arouse suspicion, yet Angela Fisher, conversing with a Samburu warrior coiffed with sisal, cloth, ocher, and fat (right), has won the trust of scores of peoples. In 1970 the native Australian began to document and study the fabulously diverse adornments that identify an African's station in life, age, or marital status. In her wide-ranging travels Fisher was twice joined by Danish photogra pher Fabby Nielsen, some of whose pictures appear with hers. African authorities occasionally hindered Fisher's work. At a tribal ceremony in West Africa police abruptly banished her, saying, "You have no right here-where is your hus band?" Another time, while photographing 350 naked Masai warriors painting each other in a sacred ritual, she suddenly realized they were staring at her. "They yelled to me either to take my clothes off or to stop photograph ing." She made a strategic retreat into some nearby undergrowth and continued with a longer lens. DAVID COULSON 6I6l HEN YOU OVERWINTER in Antarc V tica, you expect isolation, but we also found exhilaration," says explorer David Lewis (left). The six-member team included anthropologist Mimi George (bottom) and four others. Physician, Polynesian-navigation expert, and lifelong sailor, Dr. Lewis compet ed in the first single-handed transatlantic sail PHOTOGRAPHSBY MIMIGEORGE(ABOVE) ANDDAVID LEWIS (BELOW) boat race and skippered the first catamaran around the globe. The New Zealander's five previous articles for the GEOGRAPHIC include two on solo trips to Antarctica, the only such to that continent. Mimi George spent a year living with the Barok-speaking people of Papua New Guinea, where she was adopted into a clan. A Facial tattoo signifies her membership.