|me with one of the babies I cared for|
Lesson two, day one. The natives are only called Eskimos by non-natives. There are multiple tribes of Alaskan natives, and the main tribe being served in the Bethel area are the Yupik. There is a smaller number of Chupik that are also served, but the majority are Yupik. The hospital in Bethel serves almost 50 villages throughout western Alaska, most of which can only be accessed by plane. So plane travel is the most common mode of travel, the second and third most common are boats, and snow machines, depending on the season. Cars rank way down on the list I found.
|clara (a fellow nurse) in her parka, handmade by her as a young girl|
|view from the boardwalk toward hospital apartments|
|walkway from the hospital to the apartment|
|traffic on the only paved road in bethel|