National Geographic : 1975 Jul
Before the day's hunt, Onges relax in a camp near South Bay (left). A wife grooms her husband's hair (below) with a razor blade, probably a visitor's gift or a lucky find. A few years ago she would have used shards of glass from bottles cast up on the beach. A boy brushes his teeth with charcoal paste (bottom), a rare practice introduced by an Indian social worker; most of the tribe shuns the habit. Onge hunters wear virtually no clothes in the sweltering forest. When they visit the settlements, they often wear trousers and shirts. These the Onges wash, but they never bathe themselves, at least on purpose. Rain, the sea, and island streams take care of that.