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Friday, 9 January 2015

Eskimo

The early Indians of North America lived in a number of different types of shelter. In the Far North, Eskimos used three types of dwellings--tents of skin in the summer, huts of stone, turf, bones, and dirt in the winter, and snow igloos for the temporary shelter of winter hunting parties.

According to a census in the 1920s, of 14,000 Eskimos living in Greenland, only 300 had ever seen an igloo (see below).

It is a myth that the Inuit Eskimos have 50 words for snow. Whilst the Inuit did have about as many words for snow as the English, the Sami in Finland have in excess of fifty.

The Inuit language doesn't have a word for freedom - the closest is "annakpok" which means "not caught".

The University of Calgary offers a two-day course in igloo building.

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