Inuit

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Welcome to the our facebook page. We are an group of people whose lives are filled with adventure, myths, and long winter months. We spent our days hunting, looking for images of our ancestors, and praying to our deities.
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This maps shows where we lived and although the region was cold we adapted. Our regions include most of Canada and the various territories in the Arctic Circle. Try living Here...

Friends

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Our Friends consisted of our tribal people, the Yupik tribe, the people that lived in the territories in Canada and in the Arctic Circle.


Technology

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Our means of transportation came from the animals we hunted. We covered our single-passenger called qajaq, with seal-skin. Our boats, as seen in the picture, provided enough protection to the rider no matter if the boat was overturned or crashed. Our design for this boat, was copied by the Europeans and they referred to it as the kayak. We also made open boats made out of food covered with animals skins, called umiak, which were commonly used for transportation of people, goods, and animals. On land, we used dog sleds, which provided good transportation, especially on the frozen ice land.

In addition to transportation, we relied on our own man-made weapons in war and fighting. Our weapons were made out of carved woods and were useful against indigenous tribes that were smaller and weaker than us. We also gained new weapons with the arrival of Europeans from the unknown world. Our homes were made out of our natural fuel, ice. We lived in strong and sturdy igloos.

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Culture

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Our culture was based on our law. Our law was not like the traditional laws in the Western lands, but our law consisted of three major things. The first was maligait, which was things that had to be followed no exceptions. The second things was piqujait, which was things that had to be done, no exceptions. The third and final things was tirigusuusiit, which refered to things that could not be done, and punishment would be given to people who would not follow.

Religion

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We practiced a form of shaminism whose basis was animist principles. We believed that all things also lived in a spirit form, just like us humans. If any spirit faced obstacles in their path, a spiritual prayer could be done by sacrificing the specific animal. In our community, we had an angakkug whose purpose to heal the members of the community, and invoke the spirits so that no problems come in the people's way. Our religion was closely ties to our system of rituals, and these rituals were established into our everyday lives. We believes that we should work in harmony with the supernatural powers to live a stable life.

Blog

Blog 1:

Today, we encountered some white people who call themselves the Vikings. They said that they came from a land called Greenland, and that they came in peace. However, we saw that instead of moving on, they came onto our lands and colonized. Although they ruled over us, we saw that our trade and weapons became better. We saw new tools, and new means of food. Today we found this new land with an abundant amount of trees. We fought the people that lived there and took over this new land. As we moved into this new land, and the months of winter came and the weather started to become colder. As we lived here for a little while, we saw that our means of getting food become larger, but the hope in hunting sea animals decreased. As we saw that this new land was not upto our standards, we were forced to move back to our cold climate so that we could live peacefully. We saw that no one had occupied our lands, becasue of the cold weather, but we felt that our land was perfect and we lived their peacefully for the many years to come.

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Wow! I never knew about the Inuit tribe. I was really surprised that the Europeans took the design from you guys and then implemented into their own design without giving credit! - Yupik Tribe

We hope that our new weapons and food serve you well. Hopefully you can obtain some new land with our new weapons! - Viking 1

It is pretty cold up there, we don't know how you guys can live in this place without pillaging somenone for supplies. All we love doing is pillaging and eating. - Viking 2

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