National Geographic : 1925 Jun
THE "BOWDOIN" IN NORTH GREENLAND Photograph by Donald B. MacMillan SEA BATHING 12 DEGREES FROM THE NORTH POLE: ETAII Etah, the most northern settlement in the world, consists of only five black holes in a sloping hillside, and in some years these are not inhabited. The cliffs of its beautiful harbor rise 1,ioo feet from the water's edge. It is here that the MacMillan Expedition of 1925, under the auspices of the National Geographic Society, will establish its main base (see text, page 673). however, has been written about the long moonlight periods of each month, when the moon comes above the horizon and remains there continuously. It swung around in a great circle over our heads, about ten days each month, and turned the region into a veritable fairyland. During these wonderful times, we traveled hundreds of miles with our dogs to visit the Eskimos in their homes to the south, where we always found much of interest in the study of their domestic life. The nearest village was Nerky, 60 miles by sledge route to the south on Inglefield Bay. To reach it we had to sledge over the sea ice, closely following the land to Cape Alexander. Here we crossed a tongue of the Great Mer de Glace and went galloping along the shore to Peteravik, and then on down past the face of another glacier. There were many exciting experiences in working on slippery ice slopes, where a drop into the sea would mean death. As soon as the Eskimos learned that we were in winter quarters at Refuge Harbor, visitors were coming and going throughout the winter. All were eager to hear the strange voices coming through the air, and to see our 20,000 feet of mo tion pictures, which brought forth many an "Ooh" and "Ah" at the wonders of civilized life. BRONZE TABLET OF TILE NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC SOCIETY IS ERECTED Since we had failed the preceding summer to reach Cape Sabine, 30 miles to the northwest, on the shore of Elles mere Island, our first duty in the spring was to carry out the request of the Na tional Geographic Society-to place its bronze memorial in the center of the Greely Camp. Early in May I left the ship, accompa nied by my faithful dog-driver, E-took-a shoo; his brother, Ka-ko-tchee-ah, and my Labrador boy, Abram Broomfield, on -. ~- iP r-- - 687 :;- .' ~P'