CANADA: Turn of the Season

Ptarmigan were turning white, and overhead, in the slate sky, geese were going south with the season. Ice was beginning to form in the Mackenzie River delta. At Aklavik, in the northwest corner of Canada's Arctic backyard, men hurried to unload the last supply ship of the season. The last Arctic transients (scientists, construction workers, summer prospectors) flew upriver in a float plane, the last scheduled flight before the freeze-up.

Even the Eskimo hunters were leaving. For weeks they had been feeding their Huskies a rich diet of fish, getting them ready for the long Arctic winter. Now it was...

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