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Section title: Inuit
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Daily Life

Way of Life

  Baby walrus, Nunavut

When you live in an environment that has few plants, there is a very good chance you will become a hunter. The Inuit pride themselves on being great hunters. The Inuit had lots of sea and land animals to hunt. The most important of these were the caribou and the seal. These two animals provided the Inuit with food. Their skin was used for clothing, blankets, tents and boats and their oil was used for cooking and lamps. Bones, ivory and wood were used to make tools. Other animals the Inuit hunted were the walrus, whale, polar bear, musk ox, fox and wolf.

Inuk with two Arctic fox skins, Windy Lake, Hudson Bay area, date unknown   Migrating caribou herd   Bowhead whale killed near Whale Bluff in Franklin Bay, Northwest Territories, circa 1910

The inukshuk is perhaps the most recognized symbol of the Inuit.  

You may have seen pictures of strange rock formations shaped like people. These are called inuksuit (inukshuk if there's only one). The Inuit made inuksuit as markers along caribou trails to make sure they didn't get lost.




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