Re: Inuits and Eskimos

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Posted by Rebecca on April 04, 1999 at 21:43:16:

In Reply to: Inuits and Eskimos posted by Sarah on April 04, 1999 at 21:31:49:

: The version of the story I read about Nunavut in the New York Times reported in terms of "Eskimos" and said they are also called Inuit. Is it true that Eskimos and Inuits are the same? I always though the Inuit were different -- related but separate.

: Can anyone confirm?

: Cheers,
: Sarah

Hi Sarah,

It is true that Eskimos and Inuit are the same...However the latter term is the correct one meaning "The People" in Inuktitut.The term Eskimo originates from the Algonquin language meaning " Eaters of Raw Meat". It is not used in Canada anymore and I heard from a friend who is Inuit that it is not advisable to use the word Eskimo up north...The Inuit may consider it an insult...


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