National Geographic : 1952 Jul
© National Geographic Society + Men Shoulder Rolls of Sealskins, Future Mukluks and Kayaks Hair-seal hides, surplus here at Kivalina, will travel in the North Star to Little Diomede Island to make waterproof Eskimo footwear and kayak covers. The seal is the aboriginal Eskimo's "staff of life," provid ing meat, fuel, clothing, and fishing floats. Kodachromes by Amos Burg S An Eskimo Bow Drill Carves Ivory Held in the White Man's Vise Oscar Ahkanza, Eskimo carver from Little Diomede Island, steadies the drill with a mouth grip. In sum mer, Oscar sails to Kotzebue to fish, trade, and carve walrus tusks into cribbage boards, boxes, cigarette holders, bracelets, and umbrella handles.