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common at that time for vessels to stop there, and as soon as the people saw us approaching, a multitude crowded to the shore ; a great many of them set off in boats; and many others, who could not get into the boats, leaped into the water and swam toward us.
Before we had come to anchor, we were already surrounded with boats full of people; the water also seemed alive with persons, who were swimming like ducks; some of them were men, many were women, and many were boys. They seemed perfectly at ease in the water, as if it were their natural element. They swam around the ship, and sometimes passed entirely under it, coming up, the side opposite to that where they had gone down.
Very soon, the deck was crowded with these people. They were dressed in a curious manner. The women wore a simple piece of cloth wound around their bodies. The
What happened when the vessel in which Parley was, arrived at the Sandwich Islands ? Describe the dress of the people.
men wore only a girdle of cloth around the middle. On great occasions the men, I was told, wore elegant cloaks, and helmets of red and yellow feathers.
They all seemed perfectly friendly, and were quite disposed to be on good terms with us. They had all fine black hair and bright black eyes. They had also fine white teeth ; but I observed that many of them had lost several of their front teeth. On making inquiry about it, I learned that it was their custom, on the death of a friend, to show their sorrow by pulling out one or two of their teeth.
Almost all of them were painted, or tattooed in a singular manner. The figures on their bodies generally represented birds' faces, circles, and goats. Some of them were tattooed only on one side, and they looked like persons half daubed with ink from head to foot. The women had the tips of their tongues tattooed.
Appearance. How do they paint their bodies ?
Those who came in the boats to visit us brought a great many articles of food. They offered us hogs, sweet potatoes, bread fruit, plantain, yams, cocoa nuts, and some other things. These they wished to exchange for trinkets, pieces of cloth, and almost anything we were disposed to offer them.
We remained at these islands for more than two weeks. I went several times on shore, and had a pretty good opportunity of seeing the natives. They are naturally an amiable people, yet they have many customs that are barbarous, and many notions that are quite absurd.
Their houses consist of mud walls with high thatched roofs. They are not divided into separate rooms, but they are kept quite neat and clean. They have no tables or seats. The rich people cover their floors with mats. , Few of the houses have windows. In general the light is admited through the door,
What did they bring on board the vessel to exchange ? Describe the houses