National Geographic : 1990 Feb
A river of grief washes over family and friends during the funeral ofNational Guardsman Justin Patsy (left). He drowned in the Yukon trying to catch a falling boat motor. Hauled downriver by the boatload (bottom), alcohol brings a different kind of grief to Athapaskans. Recovering alcoholic Pauline George (below) lost four babies to fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Her son, Kelsey, was born with FAS-damaged lungs. "We drank right along with his sickness," she recalls with a shudder.