1. In Africa the lion is the menace of the watering
hole. Zebra, gazelle and even the crocodile fall victim to his 500 lbs.
of power and temper.
2. A native tracker carries a pouch of powdered wood
ashes to help detect changes of wind. The pattern of dew on a leaf has
a meaning for him.
3. The tribal canoe has many uses - hunting, trading
and fighting. It is sometimes manned by as many as 60 carefully chosen
4. In Africa, man and beast alike are salt starved
and salt is eaten like candy. The native readily trades ivory or furs for
this precious item.
5. The sailor shipwrecked on the shores of Africa might
have been better off adrift, for often his head soon decorated a pole in
a nearby village.
6. Not long ago the sailor, the explorer and the hunter
never got far from the big flat sandy beaches because jungle war parties
drove him off.
7. Some tribesmen believe animal souls can enter their
bodies and turn them into beasts. These Leopardmen prowl the night trails
to slay and maim.
8. In some remote places, warning signs or taboos are
set in the trails to warn the trespasser to go no further under pain of
9. Each witch doctor has his own magic words and methods
and knowledge of herbs and poultices. Many of them are keen students of
10. The African elephant has an ear-spread of up to
15 ft., weighs 4 tons, is 11 ft. tall, yet many are speared to death by
11. The King of Beasts is also the tyrant of the plains
and is hunted down by relentless spearmen with especially long bladed hunting
12. Among some tribes an enemy's head must be collected
in battle before a young man may be considered a full-fledged warrior ready
13. The lion is feared and respected by all natives.
When he has been slain, the spearmen dance in a circle and chant songs
about his great bravery.
14. Next to the chief, the witch doctor is the most
important man in the tribe -- sometimes is both judge and jury when a crime
has been committed.
15. The silent quicksand can catch and hold the mightiest
of beasts, and the native must be ever watchful when traveling the great