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During World War II American forces built airbases on islands in the Pacific that they used to deliver cargo—rations, clothes, etc.—to the army. Once the Americans left, anthropologists discovered cults on the islands that they had not previously noticed. The islanders used coconut palms and thatch to build exact copies of the runways, plants, and radio towers. “Dispatchers” sat in towers holding coconut halves (headphones) to their ears and shouting into bamboo microphones, while “ground crews” below them waved “signal flags.” The natives had seen cargo-laden planes flying in once the American soldiers had done the same, and assumed the actions they were pantomiming were all it took to bring the planes and their food back again.