A widely dispersed group of peoples in the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Siberia, who have traditionally survived primarily by hunting and fishing. Despite the isolation of Eskimo communities, the Eskimos display a strong cultural, racial, and linguistic unity. Many Eskimos, especially those in Canada, prefer the name Inuit.

Notes for Eskimos

Most people picture isolated Eskimos living in igloos and driving dogsleds; however, contact with outsiders has resulted in adoption of permanent housing settlements, snowmobiles and motorboats, and modern hunting equipment.

Notes for Eskimos

Christianity has replaced many traditional religious beliefs. Efforts by federal governments to incorporate Eskimo societies have included establishment of schools in Eskimo communities and opportunities to participate in the larger government and economy.

Words Nearby Eskimos

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How to use Eskimos in a sentence

  • I wish they would come here—the whole nation of them—and learn how to live in peace and be happy among the Eskimos.

    The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
  • A great similarity marked this proceeding in all northern tribes from the Eskimos to the Mexicans.

    The Myths of the New World | Daniel G. Brinton
  • It sounded good to us mill workers for, like Eskimos, we craved much fat in our diet.

    The Iron Puddler | James J. Davis