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Inuit History: 300 Years Ago to Now
Increased sea ice kept large whales from entering Arctic waters. Without whales, the people of Arctic North America had to change their way of life. They left their permanent coastal houses for snow-houses on the ice where they could hunt seals at their breathing holes.
During this period of Inuit history, explorers, whalers, traders and missionaries began to appear. Along with a different way of life, they also brought infectious diseases that shattered Inuit culture before it could be recorded in detail. Much of what we know about this period has been pieced together from traditional oral histories.
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DICTIONARY: Just "double-click" any unlinked word on this page for the definition from Merriam-Webster's Student Electronic Dictionary at Word Central.
ARCTIC LIBRARY & GLOSSARY: Check this section for an index of the rest of the things you really need to know about the Arctic.
ARCTIC MAPS & WEATHER REPORTS: Maps of the Northwest Passage, explorers' routes, iceberg sources, Nunavut, the Arctic by treeline, temperature...
ARCTIC LINKS: Even more information! Links to sites related to the Arctic and "Iceberg: the Story of the Throps and the Squallhoots".
GUIDE TO ARCTIC SUNRISE & SUNSET: How much sunlight or darkness is there in the Arctic on each day of the year?