As Arctic Melts, Inuit Face Tensions with Outside World

With Arctic summer sea ice rapidly disappearing, the native Inuit of Canada are encountering not only unsettling changes in their subsistence way of life, but also a growing number of outsiders who will further transform their once-isolated homeland. READ MORE

 

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Inuit hunter Teman Avingaq displays a pair of narwhal tusks. This year, the spring narwhal hunt near Arctic Bay on Baffin Island, which usually yields 60 of the tusked whales, produced only three. The sea ice was so thin that the Inuit couldn't safely stand on it to shoot narwhal as they migrated through channels in the ice. In summer, as sea ice disappeared, Inuit hunters killed more than 100 narwhal in open waters. (Photo courtesy of Ed Struzik)

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