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The Atoll of Funafuti, Ellice group : its zoology, botany, ethnology and general structure based on collections made by Charles Hedley of the Australian Museum, Sydney, N.S.W.



On Funafuti and Nukulailai I saw several elegant forms of fans, both plain and coloured. These patterns are all recently introduced from Samoa by the Native Teachers of the London Missionary Society, replacing the rougher fans of earlier days, which have nearly disappeared. A specimen of the real old-fashioned fan of Funafuti, "igli," was kindly presented to me by Mr. O'Brien. This (fig. 58) is heart-shaped, of plaited coco nut pinnules, the ends gathered into a handle; it is two and a half ounces in weight, eighteen inches in length including the handle, and thirteen wide. The fan-shaped leaf of the. Pritchardia palm is perhaps the model upon which such a fan was formed. The Samoan fly-flap was not employed on Funafuti.
Fig. 58

Fig. 58