National Geographic Society,
Text on page 1195
TRAVELING BY RAFT IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
a On one of my early trips four different rafts were dashed to pieces under me in two days, but I suffered no serious injurya (see text, page 1240)
pect that in cutting it a bowl is jammed down on the shock head to be barbered and the hair outside it first cut short and then shaved off. Huge ornaments of brass are often worn in the ears and spirals of highly polished brass wire adorn the legs above the calves. The cabecillas, or petty chiefs, and some other wealthy individuals as well, wear highly ornamented girdles made from the opercula of certain marine shells.
The costume of the women is even more simple than that of the men, consisting solely of a very abbreviated skirt somewhat precariously held in position by being wrapped around the body far below the waist, and indeed often under the abdomen. This skirt frequently fails to reach the knees of the wearer. A fold in it near the hip answers for a pocket. Brass ear-rings and simple strings of beads worn about the neck or in the hair complete the ordinary costume of the women, who may nevertheless wear blankets if they are fortunate enough to possess them. The women tattoo their arms, and more especially their forearms, following a fern-leaf pattern never to be
seen among the people of any other Philippine tribe.
SKULLS AS DINING-ROOM ORNAMENTS
With few exceptions, the people of this tribe live in very small, compact villages strategically placed among steep-walled rice terraces so as to be easily defended. Their windowless, neatly built houses are placed well above the ground on strong posts, which are often rudely carved. Access to them is had by means of light ladders, which are drawn up at night. Each house has two rooms, one above the other, the higher of which extends into the peak of the roof and is used as a storeroom. Each house has a rude fireplace, over which may be placed the skulls of wild pigs and deer and those of carabaos eaten at feasts, as well as the skulls of enemies killed in war.
Famous head-hunters often have tastefully arranged exhibits of skulls on shelves beside the doors of their houses, hanging in baskets under the eaves, or extending around their houses in ornamental friezes at the floor level (see page 1168).