Why the Inuit continue to build igloos (and how they do it)

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A cold house in a snowy desert is the difference between life and death.

Julius Nielsen, 40, is one of the 57,000 inhabitants of Greenland, one of the least populated regions in the world.

He is an Inuit (indigenous people of Alaska, Canada and Greenland) and speaks the Tunumiit language.

You may not be familiar with the term Inuit, but you’ve probably heard of Eskimos. The word, used to refer to the indigenous peoples of the Arctic regions, is considered pejorative by many of them, for whom the term has a racist character. In Canada and Greenland, they prefer to be called Inuit.

And there’s something else you should know: the Inuit don’t live in igloos anymore either. But the little ice houses still exist and are used on hunting evenings.

Alaric Cohen

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