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Knight rode on the sled, sometimes getting off to jog alongside in order to keep from freezing. Once or twice a day they stopped for a mug of tea, a bite to eat (a slice of raw meat or pilot biscuits), and a cigarette. Each time, the dogs had to be unhitched and the sled unloaded and upturned while the primus stove boiled; sometimes the runners had to be re-iced and the sled then reloaded for the next part of the run. It was always a test of endurance for Knight: "Even through the sweaters and caribou-skins, she could feel the penetrating cold ...
According to Williamson, "they were the data bank, the source of knowledge and love. They were the bonding element in the society. " They gave the society both the sense of continuum and the sense of reality. The Inuit's social organization and religious-spiritual philosophy seem to have been firmly based on their perception of the interdependence of all life, both within the family group and with their wider environment, and on the continuation of the group through the soul-name process and the knowledge resting in their elders.
After a while one has to crawl on the snow and finally to lie down flat on the stomach without moving and wait until the animals come close enough for the range of the weapons at hand. The caribou have very poor eyes, but an excellent nose. They get no clear pictures of fairly close objects as long as they are stationary. As long as the Eskimos don't move the animals may come within their range, but if they make one careless movement the caribou are gone ... In the days when they did their hunting with bow and arrow ...
A Long Way from Home: The Tuberculosis Epidemic among the Inuit by Pat Sandiford Grygier