National Geographic : 1949 Oct
00(. © National Geographic Society Painting by W. Langdon Kihn Though the Outdoor Temperature Is Subzerb, a Hudson Bay Snowhouse Is Torrid Inside, Possibly 900 F.or More For comfort the occupants strip to the waist. The woman in the background is cooking in a shallow stone dish over theflame of seal oil. Such fires serve for cook ing, heating, and lighting. The pane of the window is made of ice. On the low balconies or platforms and on the floor, figures areseated onspread skins. The man at left is drilling ivory with an Eskimo bow drill. The little girl standing is playing a native string game like cat's cradle. When sitting around indoors, these people are seldom idle. Husbands and sons make tools and weapons, wives and daughters clothing.