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The Inuit Culture
Transcript of The Inuit Culture
One of the beginnings to our culture today
* Always cold
* Tons of snow
* Mostly ice
Technology of the Inuit
Tools and Weapons
* Snow goggles
* Snow knife
* Fire bow
* Whale and Seal fat
* Circular knife
* Their teeth
* Needles and Thread
The Inuit wore mostly parkas and hats made from animal skins such as...
Arctic Hare hides
The clothing was sewn together by women using sinew or animal tissue.
Belief Systems: Social Roles
Belief Systems: Government
Belief Systems: Religion
everything had an inua, or spirit
skills passed down
simple, open, welcoming
spoken in Native tongue
referred to as animism
everything happened to them first
animals behave like humans
acknowledged several gods
This is a picture of Imap Ukua or the Mother of the Sea. She is believed to live in the ocean bed and give life to all animals. The Inuit believe that she gathers all evil deeds of mankind in her hair like dirt and punishes them by taking all the seals into her hair where they live like lice. So, the Inuit must travel to comb her hair of all evil deeds so they can have their prey back.
Belief Systems: Ceremonies
Hours long dances
Bladder Dance-releasing spirits
Drum dances to give thanks
This video shows how skills are passed down and an Inuit dance.
Stop at 1:15
The Inuit ate mostly meat,
but they also ate some plants. This is what they typically ate.
Little girls and young women--collect puppies for dog sleds
Hunters--hunt for whales, seals, polar bears, caribou, and fish
Women--refilled oil igloo oil lamps, sewed, raised children, cooked
*No official laws
*Groups--about 50 people
*No large organized government
*Elders make desicions and are very important
Taboos-things never to be said or done.
Inuit Artistic Expression
To Remember History
The Inuit got their food by hunting,
fishing, and gathering.
The Inuit had multiple types of
shelter, such as...
Summer homes--made from animal skins.
Winter homes--made from blocks of ice.
Year-long homes--with whale bone walls and stone floors.
The Inuit did many things in
their leisure hours.
Most Inuit people spoke the traditional
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Throat Singing is a game
Did you know that
knives were used for
Transportation can depend on where you go. The Inuit used the following to get to places...
- Dog sleds
- By foot
Trading can be a big part of life for an Inuit, here are some of the common things they would trade.
Inuit people must depend on each other in order to survive.
This is an Inuit hunter hunting for seal or fish.
The Inuit were a group of people who lived in the Arctic. They lived off the land as hunters and gatherers. They used tools for hunting, creating food, and working to adapt to the land. They believed in a group helping each other with no specific government. The Inuit believed in several gods, animals like humans, and spirits and acknowledged them with dances. They created carvings and masks and performed throat singing to express their culture. The Inuit influenced some our culture today.