National Geographic : 1945 Jan
© National Geographic Society Oil Painting by W. Langdon Kihn In a Barabara, Asia-type Pit House, Aleut Women Weave Watertight Baskets, Splitting Each Strand with Fingernails Carved from a log, the ladder, too, was of a kind used by Siberian tribes. Entrance and smoke hole were one. Inthis community house, each family had itsquar ters. Beside the weaver, a tub of water kept the straw moist. Labor of several years' spare time, a fine basket may sellfor $300. Modern Aleuts liveinframe houses. Most of them were evacuated when Japan threatened the Aleutians, but invaded Attu's colony has not been heard from tothis day. Aleuts who fledtothewooded mainland pined for their treeless islands. They have gone back home.