Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Sunday, March 24, 1940

My leg much better after a sound sleep. Much rain in the night.

We were surprised to find last evening that Edam cheese, which we have been trying to get, was served at dinner. Think we could go a long way on it with bananas and other tropical fruit. We soon found, however, that there was no more to be had.

Hugo, Mr. Guodde, and I started in the car at 8 for the native house where we saw the dancing. They summoned the two dancers and a crowd collected. I took 100 ft of movie in Kodachrome, also Kodachrome stills, mostly close ups of people and children. The dancing was about the same as before and we watched for about an hour. It ended by a good many taking part, which was less interesting than the two alone. We gave them 3 guilders and they were well satisfied. Some in the audience were very picturesque and I managed to get close ups before they were aware of it. The children were scared and shy but I got several of them also.

Hugo got another specimen on the way back. We passed a market but Hugo had already been there and said it was uninteresting.

While Hugo was off on a hunting hike Lieut. and Mrs. Statius Muller came to call with their young son. They were friends of Guodde’s and we all went to dinner with them in the evening.

We were asked for 7:45 but dinner was not served until after 9. The Dutch custom of a prolonged wait before dinner made it seem as though something had gone wrong and delayed things. We spent a wildly pleasant evening which ended at 11.

Group of people watching dancers in Palu
Group of people watching dancers in Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Local residents in Palu
Group of local residents in Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia, with men and boys saluting. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Children in Palu
Children in Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Deeringia amaranthoides near Palu
Deeringia amaranthoides near Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Deeringia amaranthoides specimen collectednear Palu
Deeringia amaranthoides collected near Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Ficus specimen collected near Palu
Ficus specimen collected near Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.

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