Eskimo Dog Team on Trail, Hopedale, Labrador

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Labrador lies on the northeast coast of North America. Hopedale, a village midway between the northern and southern extremes of the country, is on the Atlantic coast. Because of its location in the extreme north, and also because it faces the ice-bearing current coming down from Greenland, Labrador is a very cold country. It is not thickly peopled. Its white population numbers less than 4,000. There are some Indians and about 1,500 Eskimos, such as you see. This is a fair representation of a coastal scene in Labrador in the winter time or in the early spring. About the only way to travel in winter is on the sledges drawn by dogs. Regular trails are dug out through the snow, and these are kept open by the dog teams which go from village to village. But a winter scene in Labrador does not tell the whole story about the country. It has wonderful scenery; some of the rivers have great falls and cataracts, and the interior is heavily wooded. Only a few Indians roam in the interior. Most of the people live along the coast. They fish in the summer time, raise some potatoes and turnips and cabbages, but as you see, there is not much soil on which to farm. A goodly part of Labrador, especially along the shore, is an outcropping of rocks. Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell, an English medical missionary, has done much to uplift the natives of this country. He has stamped out tuberculosis, and has made it possible for the people to secure proper milk and food supplies from St. John's, Newfoundland. Labrador is not a part of the Dominion of Canada. It is a dependency of Newfoundland, which is ruled directly by Great Britain. Keystone ID: 16318 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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