February 10-13, 1969
Although the Vietnamese had beautiful architecture, there always seemed to be sections of town that
were built from the trash of western civilization. A house made out of pallets and coke
cans is better than no house at all, but it still seems sad.
We tried to give them barbed wire to protect their village but they preferred sharp bamboo sticks. In one village I was amazed with the swinging gate. The top of a bamboo stalk was tied to the gate. When opening the gate it pulled the bamboo. When let go, the bamboo would spring back and close the gate.
After catching dust all day on top of a track, it was so refreshing to stop by a Montagnard village and take a shower in the evening. I was beginning to get accustomed to this life style. It was neighborly that the whole village would come out to watch us shower. They were appreciative of the soap we left behind.
1Montgnard Shower picture by Sochurek, Howard, National Geographic, April 1968, p453
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