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The Caribou Hunt

Caribou hunting is important to the life of the Inuit. Caribou provide:

  • food
  • shelter
  • clothing
  • tools
  • games

Clothing made from caribou skins is the warmest for northern winters. Caribou skin is made into:

  • mitts
  • parkas
  • tents
  • blankets

A skin is often used as the roof of an igloo.

Caribou meat is a staple in the Inuit diet. Caribou meat is made into stews, steaks, roast, sausage and jerky. Even the hoof of a caribou is made into a delicacy enjoyed by many Inuit.

The sinew from the back of the caribou can be used for sewing. Bones and antlers are used to make tools. Large bones can be used as shovels. Antlers can also be used to make carvings. Caribou teeth are often used for ornamentation.

The Inuit take pride in the many uses they have found for caribou. The Inuit and caribou have a special bond as they share the land.

Migrating Caribou
Caribou migration

Migrating Caribou
Large caribou migration

Tanning Caribou
Tanning caribou skin

Sewing Caribou Skin
Sewing caribou skin with sinew

 

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