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PAGE SIX Lecturer Tells Of Dutch Guiana Life and Customs Von Hoffman of St.Louis on Program of University University Women Intimate glimpses of the life customs of the Djukas, natives Dutch Guiana, were show In ored motion pictures by Bernard Von Hoffmann of St. Louis, turer and world traveler, who spoke Tuesday evening at the Roosevelt Junior High School dltorium. Von Hoffmann appeared in Alton for benefit of the fellow- ship fund of Alton bronch of American Association of Unlversity|i Women. The lecturer and a companion wont to the jungles of . Dutch Guiana about a year and a half ago to collect birds, animals and snakes for the St. Louis and other zoons and to film the Bush Ne- groes. They flew by plane from Mlama, Fla.,to Paramaribo, capital of the Netherlands Colony, on the northeast coast of South America. "Djukas are the descendants of slaves brought by the British to work their plantations several hundred hundred years ago when England controlled controlled the colony," Von Hoffmann explained. "Unable to bear the harsh treatment, the slaves escaped to the jungles and after a series of fierce raids on plantation owners, owners, drove them from the land. When th* Dutch gained control of th* colony, peace was made through a series of six treaties dictated dictated by the Djuka leaders. Until the time Hitler took Holland, the Dutch government annually paid monetary tribute to Djuka tribal chieftains." Brillant pictures of humming birds, boa constrictors, lizards flamingos, army ants and the tropical tropical vegetation were projected as the lecturer told of the journey down the • headwaters of the Tarn- plnoy river. H-> showed young native native boys capturing humming birds by entangling their feet in soft ' rubber wrapped around the end of a long wire. Von Hoffmann attempted attempted to bring home 130 species of the 600 native to Dutch Guiana, but only 19 survived the trip. Intricate process of preparing the cassaba bread, which with fish and rice constitutes the principal food of the natives, was shown from nutting of the tuberous root of the cassaba plant to the final baking on a crude metal sheet was depicted. depicted. He explained pictures of Djukas of the Aucaner tribe making from a single tree trunk a large canoe, Varying in weight from 800 to 1000 pounds, like the ones in which he and his companion traveled on the swift and rapid-filled jungle Drivers. Von Hoffmann showed native dances, a rarely photographed funeral funeral service and religious customs of the Djukas. "Each native has his own god, be it bird, lizard, fish or tree, but he also recognizes a master god over all," he explained. Preceding the illustrated lecture, Harold c. Decker of the Shurtleff music department led the college , Madrigal Singers in a brief concert of Sixteenth Century madrigals. They maintained the 'custom of singing around a table. Selections Included Thomas Morley's "Sing . We and Chaunt it", "In the Merry Month of Maying" by John Wilson, "Down a' Down" by Francis Pilkinton, Pilkinton, Ben Johnson's "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes" and a folk song, "Oh Soldier, Soldier Won't *ou Marry Me?"