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map: Indigenous peoples of the Arctic countries

December 14, 2012

Here’s that map I said I’d find. Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar region may have more in common with each other than with the countries their land is in. Inuit live in Russia, USA, Canada and Greenland, and other indigenous people live in every circumpolar country except Iceland.

For a close-up, click on the map and it will take you to the Arctic Centre site, which has a link to this and other maps. If you go to this map, you’ll find a magnifying icon.

This map is not entirely accurate in the southern bits – maybe it’s more accurate in the northern parts. The way I’ve heard it told by some First Nations people from the West Coast (relative to Canada), Nuu-Cha-Nulth people called out to incoming sailors, “Nootka!” meaning “Go around!”

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