National Geographic : 1971 Feb
A woman battles morning darkness and cold with the flickering flame of a seal-oil lamp. Her husband and son lie naked beneath blankets of caribou skin. This re-enactment for a documentary film portrays a way of life that many Eskimos still recall. Today most house built, lighted, and heated by the gov ernment. He pays a modest rent. An employee of the Government of the Northwest Ter ritories, he has a bank account, buys a new snowmobile every year, and thinks of getting an automobile. From the south he gets meat, eggs, vegetables, and fruit. Better than any statistics, the changes in Alain's way of life show the path followed by the Eskimos of Canada's eastern Arctic. 190 There, for more than a quarter of a century, I have lived and worked with rewarding inti macy among the 3,000 Eskimos who inhabit northern Baffin Island and the icy mainland northwest of Hudson Bay (map, page 193). What a wild region is theirs! Even its southernmost extremities, along the western shore of Hudson Bay, lie beyond the tree line, so that gales rage unchecked across the frigid tundra and glacier-gouged lakes.