a route for the great overland telegraph wintered – the walls of their stone huts are still standing. We found the deer family to consist of father, mother, a daughter, and two sons, the old folks evidently contented and happy in their safe retreat among the mountains with a sure sustenance from their precious flock, while the red-cheeked girl and two strapping boys are as healthy and rosy and robust a group of children as ever gladdened the heart of Tchuchi parents – well they might be proud of them, as they certainly were when they told us that they belonged to them. The boys seemed to be part owners of everything about the house as well as of the deer, for in looking through the houses we saw a few odds and ends that we offered to purchase, but we were told that they would not sell them until they boys came back. Their huts are like all that we have been belonging to the Tchuchis as far north and west as we have been. A balloon frame of long
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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