Our Way of Living
"Snow over and they can't hear the wind; they're nice and cozy in there" (Ephraim Agnot, Kodiak Island Elder, 1986). Stone lamps burned seal oil to bring light and warmth into the traditional winter house, which also had a hearth for burning wood. Old stone lamps were often carved with human figures, whales, and other designs. Photograph courtesy of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.