Meet the Inughuit of northwest Greenland, the world’s northernmost people. When contact was made in 1818 they had been isolated for several hundred years and were completely unaware of the existence of other humans.

Inughuit

The Inughuit (also spelled Inuhuit), or the Smith Sound Inuit, historically Arctic Highlanders, are Greenlandic Inuit. Formerly known as “Polar Eskimos”, they are the northernmost group of Inuit, and the world’s northernmost people, living in Greenland. Inughuit make up about 1% of the population of Greenland.

Language

The Inughuit speak Inuktun, also known as North Greenlandic, Thule Inuit, or Polar Eskimo. It is a dialect of Inuktitut, an Eskimo–Aleut language related to the Greenlandic language spoken elsewhere in Greenland. In Kalaallisut, the official dialect of Greenlandic, Inuktun is called Avanersuarmiutut.

Population

Before 1880, their population was estimated to be between 100 and 200 people. From 1880 to 1930, the… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

12 thoughts on “Meet the Inughuit of northwest Greenland, the world’s northernmost people. When contact was made in 1818 they had been isolated for several hundred years and were completely unaware of the existence of other humans.”

  1. vc6vWHzrHvb2PY2LyP6b

    It’d be weird if all of a sudden, we get visited by humans from another galaxy, and they were like, “Wait, you guys didn’t know about the humans in other parts of the universe? There are trillions of us, y’all are missing out!”

  2. pragmaticlysarcastic

    >Before 1880, their population was estimated to be between 100 and 200 people. From 1880 to 1930, they were estimated to number 250. In 1980, their estimated population was 700,[2] and it rose to 800 in 2010.[1]

    They’ll be unstoppable once all that ice melts.

  3. Proud-Masterpiece

    > Religion: Inuit religion, *Evangelical Lutheran*

    What a coincidence that they independently found Lutheranism

  4. beckkers97

    I find it so fascinating to learn about groups of people who have lived with little to no contract with the modern world

  5. TummyDrums

    Can you imagine if we made contact and told them about our culture and they were like “Damn, there have been places that are warmer *this whole time?*”

  6. dprophet32

    “In the 1950s, the United States established an Air Force Base close to Uummannaq. This forced many Inughuits to move over 116 kilometres (72 mi) north towards Qaanaaq, which proved disastrous to the cultural and social life of the Inughuit.”

    God damnit.

  7. IosaTheInvincible

    Hajime Isayama : ” *Shingeki no Kyojin is based on true story* “

  8. intangible-tangerine

    The story of Minik Wallace, the boy pictured in the article, is very sad.

    The way he was treated by the explorers and the museum authorities is representative of how indigenous people were treated as sub human

  9. eatee410

    They were the original introverts.

  10. DocGrey187000

    If aliens come, this will be us… best case scenario.

  11. Comandante380

    They did, however, know about the existence of ice.

  12. ImmortalEmergence

    Inuits were actually not the first natives in the area. There were groups of precursors of other ethnicities. But they either died in their own or were hunted down to extinction by the Inuits as they are no longer there.

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