How Have Long Life: Life Philosophy from Alaska’s Longest Reindeer Herder

winter sky_n

The sun doesn’t rise now. In its absence, there is darkness and dusk. And there is beauty in the pink hues and  blue silhouettes of midday.

Words to live by from the longest reindeer herder, Chester Asakak Seveck.

For long live and joy life,

I believe these things –

Keep busy and do good work.

Have much good exercise.

Eat good food,

no waste anything

and every day enjoy what it gives

and do not spoil this day with much worry of tomorrow.

Be happy.

I know this way

how I be “Longest Reindeer Herder.”

Start 1908, finish 1954,

altogether 46 years herd reindeer.

From Longest Reindeer Herder: A true life story of an Alaskan Eskimo covering the period from 1890 to 1973, by Chester Asakak Seveck

12 thoughts on “How Have Long Life: Life Philosophy from Alaska’s Longest Reindeer Herder

  1. Thank you , I forgot what he use to tell us as children always be happy! Especially when we were arguing with each other as kids.

  2. Man was intended to live a simple life on the land. We have everything we need to be prosperous. Alaska is one of few places I have never visited, but it’s definitely on my bucket list as it’s one of the world’s most unique places. The natural wonders are too many to list, and that’s just from what I’ve heard. Even this picture you have, which basically shows a barren ice sheet, is more beautiful than any painting Man has ever made.

    • Thanks for reading, Quabbin Valley! As Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gary Snider said in his book Turtle Island, “We could live on this Earth/Without clothing or tools!” As Pulitzer Prize winning author Annie Dillard said on the same subject, “You first.” 🙂

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