They have spent hours in decorating themselves in colours and birds' down.
The tufted sticks rising from the heads of the men in the second row
are in the nature of "nurtunjas," or totem poles, and have much magical
meaning. Some snakes seem to be the totem of the group, that is to say,
the divine animal ancestor that produced human children
Under his healthy bronze beats a friendly and hospitable heart, but this
native of the Marquesas is no saint, despite the suggestion of a halo
round his head, given by the reeds that radiate from his fillet of shells