National Geographic : 1959 Jul
Eskimo dance leader, Chester Seveck, directs festivals at the northern village of Kotzebue. For nearly half a century he acted as chief herder of government-owned reindeer, domesticated caribou imported from Siberia. In summer Chester conducts Arctic tours for an Alaskan airline. Empty sled indicates a race across a frozen lake near Anchorage. The contest, prelude to an Arctic-style Mardi Gras called the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, sends more than a dozen drivers and teams over a punishing 18-mile course. Driver Number 11, nearing the finish line, mushes behind his sled. The leader of his seven-dog team trots just out of camera range. Lakeside trees bow under winter's weight of snow.