National Geographic : 1925 Jun
Photograph byDonald B.MacMillan LITTLE AUKS ARRIVING IN THE VICINITY OF ETAH ON MAY 15 Millions of these birds darken the sky for hours when they appear practically on the same day each year. They play animportant role in the life of the Eskimos, who literally scoop them out of the air (see illustration, page 682). A winter's store offood isthus easily obtained byan Eskimo family, and the soft little skins make warm and comfortable garments worn next to the body.The little auk isknown bymany names dovekie, sea-dove, bull-bird, ice-bird, sea-king, and rotchie. It is known to the Eskimo as arq-pud-c-arq.