The Inuit. Location. The Inuit occupy much of Northern Canada, and are comprised of many different groups: Labrador Inuit Quebec Inuit Baffin Island Inuit Igloolik - “there is an igloo here” Caribou Inuit Netsilik - “people of the place where there is seal” Copper Inuit
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It is very difficult to estimate Inuit population pre-contact, because they were so isolated, and had very little contact with Europeans.
Currenetly, thereare 50,485 Inuit. That makes up about 4% of the total native population of 1,172,790.
All Inuits follow three rules:
Maligait- refers to what has to be followed.
Piqujait- refers to what has to be done.
Tirigusuusiit- refers to what has to be avoided.
Since very little vegetation could survive in the Arctic climate, the Inuit could not depend solely on plants for food. The Inuit were mainly hunters, and relied heavily on the animals of the Arctic as their main source of food.
Summer Inuit TentIgloo
An igloo was a temporary, dome-shaped shelter made out of snow blocks.
Inuit built tents out of driftwood which was covered by animal skin and held down by rocks.