Postscript.....

The villagers took in the orphans, distributing them as best they could among remaining relatives and friends. That few if any children were turned over to an orphanage was very much in keeping with the Inupiat pattern of adoption. How they might have handled the overall crisis in earlier years is, of course, open to conjecture. But while the actions taken by the acting superintendent in trying to seek a resolution of the tragedy certainly reflected his sense of deep concern, it also demonstrates the colonial mentality of the era.

Norman Chance