|The otter, walrus, seal, and other fur-bearing
sea mammals supply food and clothing to the Inuit. All parts of the animals were used.
Parkas were made of seal-skin. The walrus hide was made into boats.In
the winter seals were harpooned at their breathing holes in the ice. A hunter might have
to stand still for hours waiting for the seal to come up for air. In the summer the seals
came out of the water to sun themselves. This made hunting much easier. The hunter could
crawl close to the seal and throw a harpoon to kill the seal.
In late summer the caribou were hunted. Inuit hunters made camp near the
caribou grazing grounds. They would ambush the slow-moving herd with bows and arrows.
The Inuit used several kinds of harpoons and spears. Large harpoons were used to hunt the walrus. Smaller spears were used for hunting small animals and birds. Wooden spear throwers were used to increase the spear's power. All spear throwers were individually made for the hunter. The length of the thrower was equal to the distance between the hunters forefinger and his elbow. This have the hunter and extra arm joint.
Dog sleds were a means of transportation.
Illustration from Zena's Clipart
Inuit artists created simple animals, birds, and scenes of daily life and travel. These were often appliquéd to caribou and sealskin. Stone sculptures of animals such as the wolf, polar bear, birds, reindeer, and walrus were also common.
|Scrimshaw was a famous technique used by the Inuit. The Inuit engraved pictures that told stories in ivory and then rubbed the carving with lampblack.|