Life in the Canadian Arctic
The first groups of people to live in the Arctic region of the Americas do not have any descendents living today, according to the largest study yet of ancient human DNA.
Portrait of a modern-day Canadian Inuit.
Way of the spear
A modern-day Canadian Inuit poses with a spear.
The Inuit use these traditional boats, known as umiak, for hunting and transportation.
Canadian Inuits live in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and parts of Quebec and Labrador.
The Inuits survive in harsh climates in Alaska, northern Canada and Greenland.
Looking for clues
Scientists conducted genetic studies to unravel the settlement history of the New World Arctic.
Scientists searched for human remains in northern Greenland.
This photos shows Qajaa, a grass-covered deep-frozen midden in West Greenland with remains from Early Paleo-Eskimo cultures.
Wooden dolls (such as the one pictured here) were used by prehistoric Berin g Sea Eskimos for religious and ceremonial purposes. Occasionally, though, the dolls were made as children's toys.
These dolls were excavated by the University of Aberdeen and the Yup’ik village of Quinhagak from an archaeological site in Nunalleq, Alaska.