THE first acknowledgment for assistance in the preparation of Arctic Village must go to all the people of the Koyukuk for their delightful frankness, their good nature about explaining and demonstrating the features of their life, and their unfailing cordiality which made the fifteen months spent in the region constantly profitable and delightful. There was not a single one of the 127 citizens of the Upper Koyukuk who failed to treat me kindly, and with many of the Koyukukers there has been a mutual friendship such as I have seldom experienced.
Specifically I want to thank Verne Watts, Jesse Allen, Ike Spinks, and Harry Foley for the outstanding assistance which they rendered. To Ernie Johnson, with whom I spent some seventy-six days on the trail, I owe an especial debt for his patient demonstration of the art of Arctic travel, winter and summer, and his great store of Arctic knowledge. I am also indebted to Martin Slisco, my kindly landlord, who helped me with so many services that I can not even begin to enumerate them and who was better than a newspaper in disbursing the latest local gossip. From Clara Carpenter, the schoolteacher of Wiseman, I received heartiest coöperation in the giving of intelligence tests to the children.
Among the Eskimos I am especially obligated to Ekok, Big Jim, and Big Charlie Suckik for their eager and thought-