Books: Primitive Art

THE GENTLE TASADAY

by JOHN NANCE

465 pages. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

$15.

Dafal found them. Stick-thin and lemur-eyed, he was the Daniel Boone of southern Mindanao, a solitary Filipino who wandered an unexplored 600-sq. mi. tract of rugged mountain jungle. One day in the early '60s, he followed a trail of strange footprints. Three small brown men, naked except for loin pouches made of leaves, were digging up a large root with a sharp stick. When they saw him, they fled like monkeys. Shouting reassurance, Dafal gave chase until the men stopped in a stream...

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