National Geographic : 1974 Dec
Reaping the tundra's harvest, hunter Johnny Rulland packs freshly killed caribou onto his sled (above) to haul to his village of Anaktuvuk Pass (below); there the meat will be hung to dry. Nowadays "iron dogs"-snowmobiles such as the one outside this Anaktuvuk Pass home offer job competition to man's best friends. Before the dawn of the trading post, many native Alaskans depended almost exclusively on caribou during certain seasons. They still use them for food, and their hides for mattresses, foot gear, and other items of clothing. Hunt ers caught in blizzards have held off starvation by eating their caribou-hide sleeping bags.