Polar region

Le chien de traîneau

Dogs were essential to the Inuit for hunting seals and bears and pulling the heavy sleds. The man would travel behind the dogs, sometimes harnessed along with them. The woman would walk in front, helping to pull and guiding and encouraging the dogs. Sled dogs tended to be combative and unruly, though admittedly they were not always well fed, usually existing on leftover skin and guts. If food was plentiful, they might get some meat or fish but when food was short, they went without. The sleds they pulled were made of driftwood, bones or frozen fish wrapped in sealskin, depending on the region.

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Alaskan Sled
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The sled carries everything needed to set up the tent, including skins and poles.
1995
The United States, Alaska
Book illustration, dry pastel and gouache, on Letraset paper
Credit: Frédéric Back and Libre Expression
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