November 1935

The Old Bear of the North

Volume 19, Issue 4

* In August, 1912, it was the pleasure of those on the Bear to have Vilhjalmur Stefansson as a passenger from Point Barrow to Nome, a distance of about 800 miles. He had spent four years in the Far North living with the Eskimos, in the manner they are accustomed to live, and carried on his scientific work. Stefansson was the first explorer to demonstrate it is possible to depend entirely on the natural resources of the country for food and fuel; he coined the expression "The Friendly Arctic." Later he penetrated regions where Eskimos had never been and were unwilling to go.

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