Thoughts on the Siberian Yupiks

Spanning from the northern areas of Canada and Alaska, to as far east as the Russian border with Siberia lie the birthplace of the Inuits and there many different tribes. With very harsh winter conditions in many of the places the Inuits inhabit and a lack of access to nutritional soil led to the establishment of a hunter gatherer society that had its own adaptations into their culture. The Siberian Yupik people are a indigenous Inuit group native to the eastern part of Russia known as Siberia. This Inuit tribe had peaked my interest due to there knowledge and craftsmanship of many art pieces made with the materials given to them by nature showing the strong value placed on creativity and the well being of one another. Many Inuits would make standing or even moving sculptures that were made from walrus tusks and/or whale bones and used putty or something similar to this to craft their Art. This art is on display in many different museums around Alaska and even in Russia, one example being at the university of Fairbanks, Alaska. Many Inuits hold classes or seminars in which they teach and show their cultures through the use of making common tools, weaving and braiding, or through their means and ways of cooking the food native to them ; with whale blubber being a food option under high scrutiny from the general public. Located mainly along the northern hemisphere as shown in Map 1, the Inuits never expanded past their realm of expertise within the harsh and cold winter like conditions, but continued to adapt to progress towards living in harmony and coincide with the neighboring cultures and people.The first map shows the vast areas in which the Inuits had or do inhabit currently. Siberian Yupiks were knowledgeable of the change that was to come in their future and many moved from their island tribes (Map 2) to the mainland to help expand and enrich the Inuit culture within that area instead of living a more separated lifestyle. The second maps pays close attention to the panhandle of Russia where the Siberian Yupiks were all from. This was also due to the addition of many new tools of technology and the affect of dwindling food resources as a result of over hunting certain areas and animals along with the affect of climate change.This puts all of the Inuits long held traditional values at risk as their ways of life are becoming harder to maintain and pursue and maybe this prompts the question if the Inuits are succumbing to the adaptation of time not due to the invasion of men or a different culture, but the unknown consequences of climate change.


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