Eskimo - Inuit


Thirty or more years ago, the term Eskimo was regularly utilized to describe the arctic peoples of the Circumpolar North. Today, the more common usage in Canada and Greenland is Inuit. In Alaska, Eskimo is still actively used to distinguish this population from other Native groups such as the Aleut. More precise English usage further designates Inupiat (Inupiaq, singular) for Native Alaskans from north and northwest Alaska; and Yup'ik and Siberian Yup'ik (or Yuit) for those living in the southwest and St. Lawrence Island.