Approximately one mile from the village of Wales, Alaska is the town’s primary water source. The water travels from a 60ft artesian well through a narrow network of tiny limestone caves and rivers into this area where the villagers have dug this small opening in the snow. Around the back of Razorback Ridge is a mass of ice which gradually melts and breaks up, percolating through the hills it is then tapped into here. This well supplies all the water needed for drinking, washing etc for the whole village of around 160 villagers. Larry Sereadlook is pictured here fetching buckets of water for their household of 6 people. They normally collect enough water for just a few days. It is incredibly pure water.