AFTER returning from the Arctic I gave several lantern slide lectures on civilization in the Koyukuk. These were reported in a number of different papers, and apparently stimulated people to write to me for further details. A bricklayer from Detroit, an unemployed drug clerk from Akron, a construction worker from Los Angeles, a law clerk from La Crosse, a farmer from near Burlington, Vermont , and a trapper from Juneau all sent me letters as varied as their geographical and occupational backgrounds would lead one to anticipate, but all had one common question. How much does it cost to live in Wiseman?
The answer to that question hinges on the race, financial condition, and age of the person who is doing the living. On the average it costs a white man more to live than an Eskimo, a man with a little money more to live than one who is broke, a young man more to live than an old one. The following figures, based on the annual expenses of some twenty adults, shows the range of living expenses for the white race: