THE RELIGION of the white people of the Koyukuk varies from the strictest fundamentalism to the most blasphemous atheism. The preponderance of opinion, however, is away from either of these extremes, in a zone of tolerant agnosticism. Only eleven of the seventy-seven white people hold any belief whatsoever in a formal religion. Out of this number, six are Catholics, four are Protestants, and one is a member of the Apostolic Faith. The remaining sixty-six whites completely disregard church affairs, supplication, worship of God, and all the other matters customarily associated with religion. Even among the eleven believers, only one Catholic, one Lutheran, one Methodist, and the member of the Apostolic Faith take their religion seriously enough to read the Bible and recite prayers regularly.
The remaining seven have no living religion at all, but merely surviving habits from the training of early childhood.
I shall present a number of remarks which illustrate far more vividly than statistics the attitude of the Koyukukers toward formal religion. These remarks are arranged in series from the most thoroughly believing to the most thoroughly disbelieving, except that I have omitted the most blasphemously anti-religious extreme.