National Geographic : 1964 May
teams being in harness with their sleds an chored on ice. Suddenly the ice broke and the 20 dogs drifted out to sea before a strong off shore breeze. There was no way to save them. All the dogs were lost-all but one. A month later he raced into Sachs Harbour. But how he reached it no one knows. The third topic of the Eskimo movies was children. Traditionally, boys start hunting with their fathers at 13. By 17 they are mature hunters going out on their own. Children are precious to Eskimos; and they seem especially precious at Sachs Harbour. One reason is that when the child is six, he or she leaves home and goes to school at Inuvik. It is a public school; the children stay in hos tels, one Catholic, the other Anglican. From the age of six the child is home only in the Snow-white flowers of the arctic lousewort (Pedicularis capitata), a perennial herb, rise above the tundra in spring. Craggy pinnacles along the coast show erosion's work. Most of Banks Island consists of flat uplands or gently rolling hills. Lichens paint rocks in brilliant colors. Plants cling tena ciously to areas from which soil and snow have blown away.