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ESKIMO OF BAFFIN ISLAND

#15 Tribal Life
     (Julian Bilby, 1923)

 …now the time has come to get ready for a very big annual enterprise indeed—the great deer hunt, upon which the fortunes of the tribe will turn for months. If the Eskimo lay up little store of food, they accumulate … Continue reading

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#12 Those Who Were Left Behind
     (Knud Rasmussen, 1921-1924)

The communism which necessarily prevails in Eskimo society in order that all can manage to exist renders it a duty for the family to care for all helpless persons; among such are reckoned fatherless children, widows or old men and … Continue reading

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#11 Death, and Life in the Land of the Dead
     (Knud Rasmussen, 1921-24)

…No Eskimo fears death in itself, for all are convinced that it is merely the transition to a new and better form of life. But as mentioned elsewhere, there is also this mystery connected with the soul, that as soon … Continue reading

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#10 The Moon Spirit
     (Knud Rasmussen, 1921-24)

The Moon Spirit, Aningâp or Tarqip inua, lives with his sister Seqineq in a double house (a house with two apartments but one common entrance) up in the land of the dead in the sky, the same which is called … Continue reading

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ARCTIC INDIGENOUS CULTURES
(documented 1840-1940)

Eskimo of Diomede Island: Father and Son (Edward Moffat Weyer, 1932) Aleut: Are the Aleut Prone to Commit Suicide? (Veniaminov, 1840) St. Lawrence Eskimo: Notes on Eskimo Patterns of Suicide (Leighton and Hughes, 1940) Ingalik: Suicide as Shameful or Insane … Continue reading

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