hats, caps, or cowls, labrets of every conceivable size, color, and material – glass, stone, beads, ivory, brass. They show good taste and ingenuity in the manufacture of pipes, weapons, knickknacks of domestic kind, utensils, ornaments, boats, etc. Though savage and sensual, they are by no means dull or apathetic like the sensual savages of civilization, who live only to eat and indulge the sense, for these Eskimos know all that is going on within hundreds of miles, without newspapers or telegraphs, and are keen questioners and alive to everything that does on before them. They dearly like to gossip. One tried to buy some of the cabin boy’s hair, on account of its curious whiteness; another, who has red hair, is followed and commented on with ludicrous interest. The shores hereabouts are comparatively low, the hills, back a few miles from shore, rolling and of moderate height, and mountains are to be seen beyond.
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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