National Geographic : 1971 Oct
Frontier town of the north, Arctic Village sprawls on the doorstep of the snow-robed Brooks Range. A snowmobile chugs past log houses and church in this settlement of 110 Indians and four whites. Most of the residents live by hunting, trapping, and fishing; a few work in the post office, school, and store. Change challenges tradi tion-and loses. Walter New man and his family were the first in Arctic Village to heat their house with oil. But the oil heater left him idle through the long winter. Newman, a summertime forest-fire fight er, used to combat boredom the rest of the year by cutting wood for fuel. He switched back to the wood-burning stove and is busy again the year round.