13 March, 2002
The globalization that has occurred over the last century has brought about a great deal technological, economic, and religious change. While these changes have increased communication and made the world more connected and less isolated, they have also had a dramatic impact on rural and urban communities alike. With developments such as these, many people on Little Diomede now combine subsistence activities with earnings from wage paying jobs. Electricity, for example, has long since replaced the seal oil lamps of the past. Now, homes in Little Diomede are just as likely to have electric heaters, refrigerators, stoves, VCRs and televisions as any other community. Whereas the fuel for the seal oil lamps that traditionally provided heat and light could be obtained as a by product of food getting activities, the electricity bills of today must be paid for. On Little Diomede, the largest number of wage paying jobs are through the school, but there are also a number of city offices such as the post office, health clinic, and utilities.
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