Home » People & Society » Some Inuit groups used ridicule in the form of song duels as a means of conflict resolution. Two men who had failed to resolve a conflict by other means would secretly compose derisive songs about their adversary. The whole camp gathered in a large igloo to observe the song duel.

Some Inuit groups used ridicule in the form of song duels as a means of conflict resolution. Two men who had failed to resolve a conflict by other means would secretly compose derisive songs about their adversary. The whole camp gathered in a large igloo to observe the song duel.

Settling Our Differences Through Song?

People often find it difficult to settle disputes. When several individuals are in disagreement or possess conflicting ideas, most find it easier to start a physical altercation, exchange sharp words, or simply avoid dealing with the issue. Humans are stubborn and proud; they prefer to believe their own opinions are correct and would sooner throw a punch than accept an alternate view. However, there are particular societies throughout the world which suppress conflict and arrogance by nonviolent means.

The aboriginal Inuit, a hunter-gatherer society which resides in the Arctic, lack formal political organization or a system of laws. Operating under the principles of egalitarianism, the Inuit attempt to maintain an essentially equal soci… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

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