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October 27, 1926 : Explorators Camp/Tombe Village

October 27

About noon today le Roux and Saleh came back from the high top, reporting an excellent view of the snow mountains. Saleh has an excellent series of drawings and maps over a big stretch of heretofore unknown country. Le Roux got the names of a number of villages farther to the interior. It is remarkable how widely travelled these pygmies are. They have an accurate knowledge of the geography of distant points, even when they have {p. 297} not actually visited them. Igoon, for instance, knew the name and location of the Balim river; also of the existence of many people there [V2: crossed out: and of the visit of the 1920 expedition to the Swart valley?]. They visit around from village to village, often making quite protracted stays. The present flock of visitors are from Gulalu, a village which is ten rivers to the south on the Nogullo.

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