Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Reindeer

This picture was taken in 1900, and it shows a family traveling by a Reindeer Sled. The photograph was taken in Alaska. I wonder if there are any examples of this native lifestyle still present in Alaska.

5 comments:

  1. Wonder what sort of a life these kids must have had. Their clothes seem quite traditional though.

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  2. Innitially I questioned that reindeer (a smaller cousin of the caribou) were actually in Alaska, but I stand corrected! Below an excerpt from: http://arctic.fws.gov/carcon.htm

    "Are caribou and reindeer related?

    Caribou and reindeer are the same species (Rangifer tarandus). Reindeer are a domesticated variety of caribou that are herded by humans and used for pulling sleds. Most reindeer occur in Scandinavia and Siberia. They generally are smaller and have shorter legs than their wild relatives. In Siberia, caribou are referred to as "wild" reindeer.

    A number of reindeer have been imported to Alaska, primarily to the Seward Peninsula. These herds are owned by Alaska Natives."


    Oh and by-the-way, I love you blog!
    ;) S

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  3. They only use reindeer for shows/demonstrations and racing. Daily life is some dog teams but mostly snow machines (snowmobiles to us).

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  4. Looks cold, but fun!!

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