National Geographic : 1936 Feb
© National Geographic Society HIS BELL TONGUE CALLS WORSHIPERS TO CHURCH Although this figure was carved by a Christianized Maori, it has the traditional three fingers on each hand. According to legend, this custom originated with the first native carver, who was thus deformed. BABY RIDES PICKABACK INMAORILAND The mother's cape iswoven from native flax and trimmed with feathers and colored thread. Herkiltlike skirt ismade ofhard strips oftwisted fiber, threaded together. Suchcostumes aredonned only onspecial occasions.