Introduction to Arctic Hunts

For the Inuit people of Greenland, northern Canada, Alaska and the northernmost reaches of the Soviet Union, life in the harsh Arctic environment has always depended on the mammals and fis that live in the region's waters. Hunting and fishing are more than a traditional way of life; they are the population's means of survival.

The Arctic-dwelling beluga and narwhal have long been hunted by the Inuit peoples, providing blubber oil for lighting and cooking and food in the form of "muktuk" - the name given to the whale's skin and adhering blubber - and meat, which is also fed to their sledge dogs.

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