Diet and Race; Anthropological Essays

Diet and Race; Anthropological Essays

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...and fruits, on the pith of the sago palm, or on arrowroot. Pew are so poor that they cannot afford fish in one form or another, fresh from sea or river or salted from the coast districts. Animal food is with most a luxury, though the inland tribes of the larger islands will frequently succeed in killing sufficient game to support them during some days, while those on the coast secure quantities of turtle. Salt is an essential ingredient of daily food over the greater part of the Archipelago, yet no general statement will give a fair idea of the quantities which are available in different islands or in different parts of the greater land areas. In Borneo brine springs occur in considerable numbers and widely scattered, and were formerly used by the natives for the preparation of salt; in some places the water itself served to season their dishes, being carried great distances in bamboo canes. On the east coast, from Point Selatan to the northern extremity of the island, there is no place where the natives manufacture an ounce of salt or where they can possibly dispense with the article. Salt arrives weekly, sometimes daily, in Bugis prows from Macassar: in the five years preceding 1831, 2,700,000 lb. came annually in this manner to the mouth of the Kutei river. No crime, however enormous, was refused if, by its committal, the perpetrators could win the right to purchase salt at a reasonable price. And so it is in North-Western Borneo: 'A Dyak once having eaten salt can never do without it; this article tames a savage more than aught else human or divine.' Here salt is made by evaporating the water of brine springs--the Munets do the bulk of their trading in salt--by evaporating sea water, and by burning seaweed, the roots of the banyan tree more

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