28. Dragging a New Garamut back to the Village

There was always something going on in Maprik villages. When in this instance the whooping, hullabaloo, and shouts of 'Isa, isa, op!' became too much of a distraction, the whole school went down to the river to investigate. The Kuminibis men were dragging in a recently completed, massive garamut drum. In this photo the river (the Amagu, or Screw) is only ankle deep. Rain in the hills, however, could turn it into a torrent within minutes and everybody knew that if warning calls were passed along in the early afternoon, it was time for the kids living on the other side - more than half of the school's enrolment - to down pencils and cross the river posthaste.

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