National Geographic : 1933 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Sgion, but stayed in Tongass Narrows all day because of a stiff head wind. At eve ning the wind went down. We would try night paddling. At gust, we broke camp Sand started paddling Into the red-gold after glow of sunset. Out side the narrows we bucked into a north west breeze, which is .. reputed not to blow at Night. Let me quote from the log the rest of that night's experi ence: "In the course of two hours the sunset glow fades. The hard pull in the chill air makes our muscles very lame, so that by the time we get across the six-mile passage every stroke is painful. We'd willingly camp, but it is too dark to attempt a landing with the high sea. Also, the flash is out of commis sion. We must wait for Photograph courtesy Rev. A . P. Kashevaroff daylight. It is too cold CEREMONIAL MASKS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN NORTH to remain inactive, we PACIFIC INDIAN LIFE keep on paddling. Elaborately carved and painted, they are used in religious and other "Meanwhile there is ceremonial dances, and mysterious powers are ascribed to them. Some hot coffee in the ther are modeled after the heads of birds or beasts; others represent the mos bottle. I reach for human face in repose or distorted. An aboriginal "John Barleycorn" may have posed for this mask, in the collection of the Alaska His- it. My hand comes torical Museum at Juneau, for it has a magnificent red nose. away warm and drip ping. Coffee! T h e "Yeah, I'll bet that's the way he bottle has exploded with a noise that we drowned." took to be a fish striking the boat. So "But his dog didn't get drowned. Ain't there is a cold lunch of bananas and figs. that lucky? Gosh! What a nice, cute Then more waiting for daylight, while tor little curly puppy baby! Gee, I'm glad it tured muscles scream for warmth and rest. didn't get drowned, too." At last the stars fade. By 3:30 we have nosed up to a beach in a sheltered bay. Less ALL-NIGHT PADDLING--ONCE than half-conscious, we unload and flop To save our outfit from salvage opera- on the gravel." tions, we announced our unfortunate sur- So that was the beginning and the end vival to the assembled youngsters, and of all-night paddling. We had made good they dispersed, disappointed, fifteen miles, but we were compelled to We moved camp to a less populous re- stay in camp and rest for a day afterward.