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Canadian Theme Unit
The Inuit: People of the Ice

Canadian Theme Unit
Canadian Theme Unit

The Inuit: People of the Ice
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.73

     challenging words:    soapstone, helping, revolt, twentieth, bowhead, provided, forbidden, nomadic, umiak, government, native, possibly, possible, territory, arctic, addition
     content words:    Native Inuit, Bering Strait

The Inuit: People of the Ice
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     Out of all the native people in Canada, one occupies the most land. It is a barren land of snow and ice in the winter. In the summer it's a place of long days and incredible beauty. The place is the arctic, and the people are the Inuit.
2     Native Inuit land began near the Bering Strait. As their numbers grew, the people pushed east. Eventually they met up with another arctic group, the Tuniit. The Tuniit were a tall, strong people, but easily frightened. They would not hold their ground against the Inuit and were soon pushed to more isolated areas. The last of the Tuniit died in 1902.
3     The Inuit language is called Inuktitut. It is spoken by most Inuit, although for a short time it was forbidden for young people at school to speak it. It was thought that speaking native languages would only keep children from being proper Canadians.
4     Inuit homes were simple. During the summer they moved around a lot and lived in tents made of hide and whale bone. In the winter they had dug out homes. They would dig down and use rocks as part of the home's walls. Whale bones formed the rafters, and sod formed the roof.
5     Whale was the preferred meat whenever possible. The huge animals provided the people with not only meat, but oil and bones. The bones were even used to form the frame work of Inuit boats like the kayak and the umiak. The kayak seated one person while the umiak could carry several. It was the umiak that was used for hunting whales. The kayak was for hunting seals and swimming caribou. In addition to whales, the Inuit also hunted foxes, polar bears, walrus, musk oxen, and they fished for fish. Harpoons were used to hunt the bowhead whales. The bow and arrow, spear, and knife were used in other hunts.

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