National Geographic : 1949 Oct
© National Geographic Society Painting by W. Langdon Kihn A Real Treat Is in Prospect as Eskimo Women Cut Up a Beluga, or White Whale, the SmallSpecies Specially Prized asFood At the mouth of the Mackenzie River on the Arctic Ocean, the artist saw this scene enacted many times. A miragesuch asisvisible inthedistance iscommon when wind and sunlight are right. On the rack near the water, strips of blubber are sun-drying. The cutter at left is using thecrescent-shaped knife highly prized by the Eskimo. In aboriginal times these blades were fashioned from thin slabs of ground slate. Nowadays, of course, factory-made steel hasreplaced thestone.