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Summary: Inuit is a group with a similar culture and language in the Arctic. The Inuit reside in the most extensive and northernmost area on the Earth. The Innuit has the same language that develops into many dialects because of the long radius between the population. Inuit came form the language Inuktitut which means people. The Inuit travelled in a group and rarely communicated with other groups; however, they could understand each other.

What is Inuit?

Inuit is a group with a similar culture and language in the Arctic. The Inuit reside in the most extensive and northernmost area on the Earth. The populace of this indigenous approximately to be more than 180.000 people. There are many ways to refer to the Inuit based on their dialects and the sensibility of their identity. It is Kalaallit in Western Greenlanders, Inugguit in Thule District, and Iit in the East Greenlanders. In Canada, terms like Inuvialuit, Inuinnaat, and Innuit are prevalent. The Innuit has the same language that develops into many dialects because of the long radius between the population. Iñupiatun, Inuvialuktum, Inuinnaqtun, Inuktitut, Inuktun, Kalaallisut and Tunumiisut are some popular dialects. These accents are associated closely with the Sugcestun, Yugtun, and Yupigestun from the Sugpiat, Yupiit, and Yupiget in Alsakan and Chukotka. 

Are Inuit and Eskimo the Same?

The term Eskimo is popular to refer to the Inuit people in Alaska. The word Eskimo came from the word Mi'kmaq which means "raw flesh eaters". The people of Inuit themselves never used Eskimo until the Southerners brought the terms to the surface. However, this causes some negative projections towards the Inuit people. The term Eskimo creates a negative stereotype of the Inuit culture. That is why the native of Alaska prefer other people to call them in terms of their language, such as Inupiaq, Yupik, and Inuit. Currently, Inuit are the popular term to address the Alaska native. Inuit means people from the language Inuktitut. Inuit is the plural form of the word Inuk. You can learn more about Inuit people with our Worksheets Native American Inuit on our page.

How is the Inuit People Live?

Centuries ago, the Inuit people were a nomadic group who travelled while hunting and fishing to survive. Nowadays, most of them have become sedentary. There are around forty (40) different ethnic groups spread in Alaska (United States of America), Canada, Greenland (Denmark), and Russia. Even though at least 125.000 Inuit people are separated by a wide radius, they remain homogeneous.

For centuries the Inuit have learned to survive the extreme cold and its danger (polar animals, ice, and stones). Their predominant food is the seal's fat and meat, which is rich in iron and vitamin A. These nutrients help the Inuit people to survive the cold weather. They also developed their attires (clothes, shoes), hunting equipment (dog sledges, kayak), and a hunting strategy. The Inuit are known for their hunting and fishing skills. They also treat mother nature with care as they appreciate what they got. As modernization knocks on their door, they have learned to utilize some modern appliances and develop their system while still keeping their traditional cultures and habits.

What Language do the Inuit People Speak?

The Inuit language was never written despite being spoken for centuries. Until the first missionaries appeared in Deep North around the 18th to 19th century, people started to write. The Inuit language is an agglutinant means the ideas (words) could create a sentence lined up after the branch word. The vocabularies in the Inuit language are full of phrases related to nature. For example, there are many vocabularies to describe snow in Inuktitut because the characteristics of snow are different from each other. There is no single Inuit language, but many dialects spread across Alaska. The Inuit travelled in a group and rarely communicated with other groups; however, they could understand each other. There are three different alphabets used by the Inuit. The Cyrillic from North Russian, the Roman alphabet from the west, and a syllabic sign from centuries ago. 

What is Kakiinit?

Kakiinit is a traditional face tattoo of the Inuit people. This practice is usually done between the woman only. The purpose of this tattoo practice is to connect with their culture and history. The Kakiinit is also an identity and a proud way for the Inuit women to represent themselves. Kakiinit has varieties of shapes and meanings. The Inuit woman can choose them based on their preferences. The tattoos might look the same, but they hold different personal meanings for each people. The Kakiinit practice almost vanished because the Catholic Church saw them as corrupt signs. 

Do Inuit People Make Art?

The Inuit artist draws and sculpt their crafts to show the beauty of their way of life. Making art helps them to keep their history alive by memorizing their ancestor. Through their art, the artist told the viewer how Inuit ancestors hunted and developed clothes and protection. There are essential subjects in the Inuit arts, arctic birds, sea mammals, polar bears, white wolves and others. These subjects will tell the story and give the art more context and emotional value. Many Inuit people believe that humans are connected with other living beings under the blessing of the universe. 

 

 

 

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