Last polar hunters

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While this intriguing photo from the turn of the century may look dramatic, what we are seeing is truly incredible people who typically are very intelligent and incredibly adaptable. They designed remarkably complex frames for high-performance hunting kayaks using only driftwood and sinew as raw materials. These kayaks were covered with a tight-fitting cloth made from scraped sealskins assembled using an ingenious waterproof stitch. Their skin clothes were highly affective in keeping them comfortable in extreme Arctic temperatures. And despite the savage environment that so circumscribed their lives, the one thing these delightful people valued most of all was laughter. And dancing. OK, that’s two things. And jokes. Make it three then. Today, the modern Inuit apply their inherent technical brilliance to computing, engineering and rock ‘n roll.

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