The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Topical Exhibits: Inuit Art of the Far North

Human Relations

To survive in a harsh environment, it is essential to trust and to cooperate with one another. At one time, the Inuit would form a camp consisting of about twenty members of an extended family. Among these, the relations between husbands and wives, parents and children and brothers were of primary importance. The next most important was the relation between grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Hunting and sharing food, making and repairing kayaks and dog sleds were mainly done by family members helping one another. Nowadays, the Inuit live in a village with a population of more than 500. However, for the Inuit, the most important human relationships continued to be the relations between their family and their relatives.
A Woman Hugging Her Child and a Soap Stone LampA Woman Hugging Her Child and a Soap Stone Lamp
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