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)

13 thoughts on “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.”

  1. TheTiltedStraight

    *There’s vomit on his parka already*

  2. dougalcampbell

    Wait… We don’t get any examples? Are mommas fair game? We have so many questions!

  3. Arkonias

    Basically the same thing as Flyting right?

  4. quixoticdancer

    Arctic rap battles of history

  5. superfluous_t

    My first concern is for the structural integrity of the igloo if anyone’s rhymes are

  6. sirjunkinthetrunk

    Now, while he stands tough.

    Notice that this Inuit did not have his hands up!

  7. dreck_disp

    Now everybody from the frozen north put your hands in the air and wave em back and forth

    Look…

  8. MontyRohde

    Social ceremony used by a small community as a way to manage conflicts and create entertainment. I’d take this over an HR department any day.

  9. Sideways-In-Time

    Rap battles – more common than you realize.

  10. Rickmora

    So they invented the rap battles?

  11. TheDudeSr

    This guy’s a gangsta? His real name’s Clarence. And Clarence lives in his igloo with both parents. And Clarence parents use fake blubber. Clarence ain’t nothing but an eskimo lover.

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