January 27, 2012

Inuit inventions

The Inuit Thought of It: Amazing Arctic Innovations
by Alootook Ipellie with David MacDonald

As the Inuit settled in Alaska and then gradually spread throughout the Canadian Arctic and Greenland, they lived on what the land had to offer. They built houses with sod and driftwood, crafted hunting tools from animal bones, and turned whale intestines into waterproof clothing. The many inventions created by these creative and resourceful peoples are catalogued in this attractive book.

Some Inuit ideas and innovations include:

  • dog boots
  • sled runners
  • kayaks
  • sleeping bags
  • harpoons
  • snow goggles

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