XXXVII WHITE HAPPINESS

IF HAPPINESS, then, is the principal goal in the philosophy of the Koyukukers, it is important to consider how well they seem to have attained their objective. Therefore, I have recorded for practically every white person in the region some remark made during the casual conversation of many months, which I feel reflects truthfully the reaction of that person toward his frontier life. In analyzing these statements it appears that fifty-four people are in general favorably inclined to their life in the Far North, twelve people are discontented, and nine take a neutral stand.

It would be much too tedious to repeat all of these quotations, so I have abridged them for convenience to a third of their number. I have, however, carefully preserved the original ratio, and consequently I believe that the general impression which these statements give remains sincerely representative of the composite happiness of the Koyukuk.

To have something to do that you're interested in, that's the main thing in life. Up here in the Koyukuk there's almost nothing you ever do that doesn't interest you. I wouldn't give that up for all the comforts and conveniences of the Outside.

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