Inuit dating customs
2004-08-29 PDT Gambell , Alaska -- When it became clear that the elders in this isolated Eskimo village on St.Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea approved of the marriage, Clifford Apatiki's relatives did what was required of them: They bought him his bride.But now the couple worry whether their children will follow suit because even in five years this and other centuries-old traditions in this village of 700 have been slipping away, as one of the most remote villages on Earth finally contends with the modern world.
Care for the children of the dead brother lay fully on the shoulders of his younger brother and on his clan as a whole.Polygyny also existed, primarily among powerful and wealthy men such as shamans; otherwise, it was rather rare. Within each local group the Asiatic Eskimos distinguished groups of relatives ("the big/extended family").Each group of this sort included several small families, usually living in one large common dwelling.Inuit have made tremendous progress in this, and speak from a position of authority and strength on many issues of concern to them.
The conversation and negotiation continues, however, as the story is played out around such issues as control over land and resources, the environment, social programs and the extent and pace of change in the face of maintenance of language, culture and traditional lifestyle.This group, which is housed in Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (), was established in response to the request of Inuit representatives for a focal point to address Inuit-specific issues within the federal government.