"By Aeroplane to Pygmyland" Accounts of the 1926 Smithsonian-Dutch Expedition to New Guinea

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Annotations to the Journal of Matthew Stirling

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April 12, 1926 "mandows"

Spelled mandau (in Malay and various Dayak languages). See Fig. V.25 (pp. 164-165) in Beyond the Java Sea: Art of Indonesia’s Outer Islands by Paul Michael Taylor & Lorraine V. Aragon. (New York & Washington D.C., Harry N. Abrams & National Museum of Natural History, 1991). Stirling originally wrote “kampilans” here in his handwritten journal (V2) but crossed it out to write “mandows.” Kampilan is the name used in the Philippines (an American colony in 1926) to refer to the long sword typically used in the Mindanao and Sulu region.


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