Canadian First Peoples

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CRACK! The ice breaks under the Inuit hunter, while he is waiting for his chance to catch a walrus or any other food they can find. He tries to jump out of the way of the newly found hole in the ice, but slips. He swerves with all his might to get out of the way of the hole, and barely made it. Now, the ice in the Arctic is melting very fast, due to all the pollution we are causing, and the Inuit are living there, and have to watch as their home begins to melt. In other places, the Iroquois and the Sioux also have to watch the major changes that are being made to their homeland. The Inuit, Iroquois, and the Sioux are all Canadian First Peoples. The Inuit live in the Northern part of Canada, Alaska, Greenland, and Siberia. The Iroquois live …show more content…
To start, each of these Canadian First Peoples have traditional artwork. The Inuit and their art is known worldwide, and their best known artworks are carvings. Many carvings often portray arctic animals, people, or spirits. Iroquois women are skilled embroiderers. A lot of their artwork is clothing, often decorated by very talented embroidering. Tipi decorating was and still is part of Sioux artwork. The artwork would show the Earthly world, animals, spiritual, and celestial symbols. Other artwork of the Sioux include rawhide containers, quillwork, clothing, pipe, spoon, and bowl carvings, and war bonnets. Tattoos were also common in Sioux tribes. Another common denominator of these first peoples is their traditional clothing. Being in the Arctic and very cold weather, many people of the Inuit tribes constantly wear large coats, mittens or gloves, hats, large boots, and many other things to stay warm. With the Iroquois, a lot of their clothing is embroidered by the women, as mentioned previously. They use a lot of the environment to make their clothes; using fur, hides, corn husks, plants, tree fibers, animal sinew, and twisted elm-bar fibers. Some of the decoration that they used for their clothing porcupine quills and moose hairs. Some of the basic traditional clothing of the Sioux includes moccasins, ponchos, belts and headgear, dresses and short …show more content…
First, their food is quite different from that of the Iroquois and the Sioux. Their common food includes seals, walruses, Beluga Whales, narwhals, caribou, Musk Oxen, Arctic Fox, Polar Bear, Arctic Hare, and arctic birds. They have a different variety of these foods because they live in a different and colder environment that produces the different foods. Secondly, their techniques for hunting and their tools are disparate. When they are fishing, the Inuit attached sealskin floats to harpoon heads (with lines), which keeps the animal close to the surface after being killed. Most harpoon heads were made out of ivory from walrus tusks or whalebone. To catch fish they also used fishing lines, nets, leisters and three-pronged spears. Moreover, for hunting, the Inuit used spears, bow and arrows, clubs and stone traps. The Inuit used knives for cutting meat, and also snow and ice. A special knife that the Inuit used was called an 'ulu'. Ulus was used for skinning animals, preparing the animal skins, and butchering. Once and for all, the Inuit believe that they are the health barometer for the world. They think this because according to them, everything happens in the Arctic first, and the Arctic is melting and drying up, showing what might happen to the rest of the world very soon. Ultimately, the Inuit is different from the Iroquois and the Sioux, because they eat different foods, have different

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