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Part 4: Alternative Forms of Transport
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Land Transport

64. ATV beside a fishing hole. 
All-terrain-vehicles, developed for agricultural 
and recreational use further south, 
have given Inuit families yet greater mobility in recent years.


65. ATVs in winter. 
Their engines are not suited to very cold weather 
and so they are parked throughout the winter. 
Three-wheelers are preferred here for ease of movement
across rough country in summer,
but because of fatal accidents in Southern Canada 
only four-wheeled vehicles can be sold now..

66. ATV from Honda.
Being the commonest brand of ATV the word "Honda" 
is often used as a generic descriptor,
like "Skidoo" for snowmobile 
(and "Biro" for a ball-point pen in Australia!)
Children here learn to operate off-road vehicles at an early age.
67. Child's bike.
Some of the younger children settle for BMX bikes, but . . ..


68. Trail bike. 
Trail bikes are the latest contributors 
to increasing noise levels in the once quiet Arctic environment.
69. ATVs in need of repair beside house.
With all these mechanical gadgets, though,
there remains the issue of what is to be done with them 
when they break down and are no longer serviceable..

Water Transport

70. Outboard motors on boat at Taloyoak
Kayaks today are like working dogs, only more so: 
I've never seen one. 
Instead boats today are equipped with powerful engines, inboard or out.
71. Spence Bay in spring. 
They are marooned on the ice for most of the year,
but come into their own in late summer once the ice has melted..

72. Bayside boat storage.
And because of the way the town is laid out most people live close to the shore.

Air Transport

73. DC3 on local runway.
Because of the remoteness of the area, planes 
(usually resilient models!)
play a vital role in providing links with the outside world. 
Small planes sometimes use skis in winter and floats in summer,
but the larger ones depend on snow ploughs clearing the runways.
74. Snow plough at work in spring. 
The landing strip, plus the road to the "airport" 
and the garbage dump beyond it, 
are ploughed out after snow storms..


75. Unloading perishables.
Besides moving passengers in and out,
planes bring in all the perishables -- fruits and vegetables,
fresh milk and (reasonably) fresh bread.
76. Remains of plane crash. 
Crashes are probably no more common here than elsewhere, 
but accidents in winter 
offer less chance of people surviving for any length of time..


I. Environment:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
II. Food Sources: 
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
III: Clothing/Shelter:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
IV. Family: 
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
V. Community:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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