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The continuous development of these peoples is demonstrated by the similarities in both ancient and modern Inuit cultures.Called by some the Old Bering Sea Cultures, these early inhabitants traveled by kayak and umiak skin boats in the warmer months, and by sled in the winter.Throughout their long history and vast migrations, the Inuit have not been greatly influenced by other Indian cultures.Their use and array of tools, their spoken language, and their physical type have changed little over large periods of time and space.Alaskan Inuit inhabit the west, southwest, and the far north and northwest of Alaska, comprising the Alutiiq, Yup'ik (or Yupiat), and Inupiat tribes.
Benches against the walls were used for sleeping, while the fire was kept in a small central depression of the main room.
Once known as Eskimos, the Inuit inhabit the Arctic region, one of the most forbidding territories on earth.
Occupying lands that stretch 12,000 miles from parts of Siberia, along the Alaskan coast, across Canada, and on to Greenland, the Inuit are one of the most widely dispersed people in the world, but number only about 60,000 in population.
The Thule already had characteristics of culture common to Inuit culture: the use of dogs, sleds, kayaks, and whale hunting with harpoons.
They spread westward through Canada and ultimately on to Greenland.