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Nature volume 71, pages 527528 (30 March 1905) | Download Citation



LONDON. Anthropological Institute, March 14.—Sir T. H. Holdich, K.C.M.G., K.C.I.E., in the chair.—Manners and customs of the Melanesians: Rev. W. H. Edgell. The ethnographical objects and lantern slides shown included views of the different types of people, and illustrated the development of canoes and houses. One of the finest of the slides illustrated a Melanesian waiting to shoot a fish. He was poised on one leg, and the lecturer stated that he had seen natives waiting motionless for hours by the side of the rivers waiting for an opportunity to shoot. Of particular interest was the lecturer's statement that some of the natives have entirely lost the art of canoe making, although they still make paddles, which they use to propel rafts made of bamboos.

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