We know that many of you are curious about this authentic culture, their customary behaviors, reflection of culture and climate in daily life, stories and legends. Thus, we have prepared an Inuit manual for you.
Inuits, as we know it Eskimos, are indigenous people living in arctic region, extending from Siberia to Canada… Rumor has it Inuits are related to Mongolian people, or the Indians, if not migrated from the Asia. The name Eskimos (interpreted as raw meet eater) have recently been replaced by some groups with other terms Inuits or Yupiks, as well as a few different names for other subgroups, while others are comfortable with the existing term, Eskimo. And yet we can raise an awareness by accepting the use of Inuit by general tendency. Climate and geography has a great impact in the daily life of Inuits. Thus, due to the same reasons, their diet consists primarily of meat and fish. They use as a transportation vehicle, “kayak” as we call it today or dogsleds made of wood and whale bones.
Climate and Language
If you are familiar with languages and cultures you must have heard that Inuit culture bears hundreds of words deriving from snow. It is a common misunderstanding, though, arising from their language structure in which one word is used to refer to an entire phrase. Still you may be surprised that you will not find many words or idioms related to colors in the Inuit language.
Family in Inuit Culture
Generally peaceful people, Inuits only hunt to survive. Once they reach puberty, boys go out hunting and are deemed eligible to marry when they catch their first bearded seal. Traditionally marriage between the cousins is regular practice. This may remind another rumor that Inuits kiss by rubbing their noses. This is a false rumor though. “Eskimo kiss” as we know it, is a form of greeting between the family members, especially as a form of affection between couples. Another form of affection is smelling each other’s cheeks and hair, which is known as “kunik”.
They also have a deep respect elders and care for children a lot. Still you may have heard about the touching story that very old Inuits leave the house to wait for their death once they feel they are close to the end of their life. And they have a fame scaring children with a creature called Qallupilluk, meaning monster, which is believed to drift naughty children under the water.
Did you know you live in igloos?
As many, you may assume that igloos are just snow huts. You’re utterly wrong, though. For Inuits, the term may refer to any type of place where you live, be it a hut, a house, a residence etc. So, next time when your partner mentions about a dream night in an igloo, you can playfully offer a special night at home.
And do not forget, Inuit people do not like to be called Eskimos, at least not anymore.