Photographs from Herb Karmun related to reindeer herding.
Harry "Herb" Karmun, Sr. (Zinitqu) was Iñupiaq born in 1936 to Mamie (Moto) and Alfred Karmun in Deering, Alaska. He was raised in Deering and Candle and came from a family with a long history of reindeer herding with his grandfather, Harry Karmun, his father, and his uncle, Wilbur Karmun, all being herders. Herb learned about reindeer herding, corraling and butchering from these men and grew up helping his father with the herd using dogteams and later snowmachines. Eventually, Herb started herding on his own with his family helping during spring round-up. He also served in the U.S. Army, worked for NC Meat Market as a butcher in Nome, and as an airport manager for the city of Deering, but was mostly known as a herder. He married Alice C. (Gregg) on July 9, 1958 and together they raised 10 children. Herb Karmun passed away in 2016. For more about Herb Karmun, see his obituary.