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Inuit Coming of Age Traditions
Transcript of Inuit Coming of Age Traditions
In this picture, the little boy is presented with the parents to show the inuit family is teaching their children the cultural tradition of hunting in hopes of continuing their cultural practices.
Although Inuit life has changed significantly over the past century, many traditions continue.
Traditional storytelling, mythology,hunting,fishing and dancing remain important parts of the culture. Family and community are very important.
In the North Baffin Island, Inuit boys have traditionally gone out to the wilderness with their fathers between the ages of 11 and 12 to test their hunting skills and acclimatize to the harsh arctic weather.
In more modern times, inuit girls are also being taught these traditions.
What do we see?
Inferences based on Image & Research
Dogs were helping to pull the sled
Dressed as they are due to (cold) weather conditions
They are living in the tent
Boy has some concerns
Wife taking care of children
More Inuit are exposed to modern American values through travel, schooling, television and radio.
Because of all these changes, young people have grown not only more autonomous but have been able to delay the acceptance of Inuit adult roles and responsibilities.
*Boy holding woman's hand
*Woman carrying baby
*Man carrying spear
*Dogs are resting; some have ropes
The Inuit people struggle to keep their traditions alive because modern times have created distractions for them.
Outcamps exist for 12 year old inuit children to begin learning and practicing traditions so that when they appear strong enough they can commence their traditions.
Overview Of Culture
The tradition of hunting is a tradition that connects the Inuit people to nature.
Because of this, electronics or any other other forms of technically are forbidden during the trip.
The Coming of Age Tradtion
Downfall of Tradtions
Interpretting the Picture
No More Pictures?