National Geographic : 1959 Jul
Eskimo Skin Boats Portaging Sea Ice Ride Sledges Behind a Dog Team In early spring Eskimos pack their walrus-hide boats, called umiaks, across miles of offshore ice to hunt whales and seals. Dogs drag the craft and hundreds of pounds of supplies to water's edge; on frequent voyages between floes the animals take their turns as passengers. This party near Little Diomede Island treks across a desolate stretch of the Bering Strait. Drivers steer a course around wavelike sastrugi, ridges of snow formed by the Arctic wind. Big Diomede Island, a Soviet possession, lies 2V2 miles to the west, across the inter national date line. Nature's brilliance overwhelms visitors in the Chugach Mountains (next page). Blind ing sunlight arching through clouds casts a rainbow above slopes fantastically dyed with wild flowers. Patches of snow on the heights lend a summer-within-winter aspect. 73 KODACHROMESBY MAC'S FOTOSERVICEAND THOMASJ. ABERCROMBIE,NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSTAFF (OPPOSITE BELOW) © N.G.S.