National Geographic : 1975 Jun
Survival is a full-time job and a lifetime career for most of Nulato. Water comes in buckets (above), and in winter sewage goes out the same way. In their seasons, game, birds, and fish provide food. The forest gives fuel, and Michael Johnson (left) has a good load and a good team to take it home. Sled teams are making a comeback after a time when the snowmobile threatened to do to the dog what the automobile did to the horse. If a snowmobile breaks down far from any vil lage and starving becomes a possibility, you can't eat it. Even taking in the wash be comes complicated when blue jeans freeze into a slab before they dry (right). The basic life has basic com pensations: a log house, well chinked, a hot fire, and moose stew bubbling on the stove.