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Population movements in the Canadian Arctic

Population movements in the Canadian Arctic
Pages: 3 - 21
Auteur(s) / Author(s): Susan Rowley

Dans cet article, l’auteure présente un aperçu historique des migrations chez les Inuit. L'analyse de la tradition orale inuit et des structures sociales qui facilitent les déplacements démontre le rôle important de la mobilité comme stratégie de réduction des risques lors de périodes difficiles sur le plan écologique ou social. La compréhension des mouvements de population à l'époque « traditionnelle » apparaît essentielle à la compréhension de la préhistoire et du développement culturel inuit.



In this paper a preliminary outline of historically known migrations is presented. Analysis of Inuit oral traditions and structures within Inuit social organization which facilitated movement demonstrate the important role mobility played as a risk buffering strategy in times of environmental and social stress. It is suggested that an understanding of population movements in the "traditional" period is crucial to our understanding of Inuit prehistory and cultural development.