Hunting is Not Easy
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: “Hunting is Not Easy” – thousands years ago, the Dorset people were forced off the High Arctic to the Baffin Island area by a cooling trend. Later another wave from the West, the Inuit, moved eastward from the west, towards Bearing Sea region then due to warming temperature. They employed innovative marine hunting tools: large skin boats, complex harpoons with detachable heads and sealskin floats.
They relied mostly in marine hunting as a single bowhead whale provided for more meat and fat than a muskox could. As Inuit settlements were far apart from each other, methods of subsistence were inconsistent and also records of reliance on muskox. For inland hunting, Inuit would rely mostly on caribou and then hunt muskox in winter when caribou was not available or when caribou’s fat was low. Besides, for winter, muskox provided more fat and high quality bone marrow than caribou did. Basically, muskox could provide nearly all necessities for surviving in the Arctic providing for many different product for different uses. However, products used from muskox were only used in emergencies when other more preferred sources were scarce.