Wednesday, February 11, 2009


This picture was taken in 1926, and shows an Eskimo family building an Igloo. I wonder if there are any Eskimo families that still live in Igloos? I can remember in the 1970's there were a few documentaries showing people still living in this way, but I don't know if there are any examples of it continuing today. I think it would be neat if there were.


  1. Just a note that "Eskimo" is a derogatory term. The most well-known tribe in Arctic North America is the Inuit, which is why you hear that a lot. I've been told that "First Nations" or "Alaska Native" is the polite thing when you don't know the tribe.

    Aside from that, thanks for the awesome photos!

  2. Here we ago. PC police on patrol.

  3. PC Police ???? how about not being a BIGOT and Racist, as a Native American I dont go around calling you a tresspasser. Its all about RESPECT and Dignity something you do not have.

  4. So the owner of this blog is a bigot and a racist because he didn't know Eskimo was not proper term - LOL

  5. Igloos (small dome shaped ones) were/are usually only used for hunting trips. They were only used for a few days. The Inuit built medium sized ones for housing families, and large ones for big feasts. The larger ones used drift wood, animal skin, fur, soil and other materials to make them last for most of the winter. During the summer months they would live in tents made out of similar materials. But now they in houses, they have schools and hotels, hospitals, and everything you'd expect a society to use.

  6. I'm part Blackfoot, but I don't offend easily. You don't have to worry about what to call me anymore than I want to have to worry about what to call you. As long as the intent isn't to offend, let's get over this politically correct hangups already.

  7. Dear PC police,
    With all due respect my whole life I grew up and learned that people where called Eskimos, Indians, Black, White, Latino, Arabic, Asian, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hillbilly, Rich, Poor, Smart, Dumb, and thats how everyone around me knew them. In the last few years eveyone has been wanting to be politically correct. Now I dont see how these are offensive? since most of us were very young thats what we called people. I can see people using some racial slurs that can be derogatory and offend them but to be politically correct I find that offensive sometimes, its making the differences between us and them more narrow and direct. and going through and censoring everything that is politically correct it really waters down history. We cannot change ourself, especially since there are hundreds of years of books, movies, and art that using this "vulgarity". So I am sorry if this offended anyone but it just upsets me that anything you say now-a-days is corrected. Then after you say it correctly it offends a whole other group of people.
    I am sorry if this did offend anyone but this is just my opinion and it shouldnt mean anything to most people.


  8. I am caucasian and get so irate when someone calls me "white." Obviously, I am joking. (Technically I am Scottish and Native American) I know my heritage which is the important part and not so much what others may think.

    I am certain that there was no disrespect intended over the use of the word Eskimo. No bigotry or racism.

    So the blogger has been enlightened as to the correct vernacular. Let's move on and enjoy the beatiful and informative pictures.

  9. While I am not a Native American, I have known quite a few in the years I have lived in the PNW. I really don't think that the host of this blog had any intention of offending anyone. Many of us grew up knowing and using the term Eskimo. As long as it is not used with the intention of insulting someone, which in this case it clearly wasn't, do we really need to have people arguing about it? Or for that matter do we really need someone getting on and "educating" the masses about it? Come one people, this is a blog about history, what happened in the past. Lets let this one go...

  10. Annalee wasn't calling anyone racist or un-pc, just adding correct info to the collective knowledge.
    bradallen also added correct info.
    Just take it or leave it.

  11. Common guys, get over it. Nothing was said to intentionally offend anyone. Lets not get into all this. Please......

  12. i am a redneck an no one cares who calls me what.

  13. Eskimo is derogatory in Canada, and they don't refer to each other like that. The States though is a different place with different language rules, and that's where this blog is from.

    But yeah, Igloos are pretty much built for touristy stuff and for the northern winter equivalent of camping these days

  14. xoxoxoBruce, you are right. Annalee did not overreact and call anyone a bigot or a racist. That was "Bambi Slayer."

    Should we notify PETA about this?

  15. oi. Didn't intend to cause a ****storm. I certainly didn't mean to suggest that Old Picture of the Day or its proprietor was a bigot or a racist. I think it's pretty obvious that no offense was intended.

    I pointed out the term because it's something that a lot of people don't think about when they say it. That's all.

  16. For a non-political site, it certainly draws a lot of controversy. Great pic, as usual.

  17. Inuit or Eskimo: Which names to use?
    by Lawrence Kaplan (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)

    Although the name "Eskimo" is commonly used in Alaska to refer to all Inuit and Yupik people of the world, this name is considered derogatory in many other places because it was given by non-Inuit people and was said to mean "eater of raw meat." Linguists now believe that "Eskimo" is derived from an Ojibwa word meaning "to net snowshoes." However, the people of Canada and Greenland prefer other names. "Inuit," meaning "people," is used in most of Canada, and the language is called "Inuktitut" in eastern Canada although other local designations are used also. The Inuit people of Greenland refer to themselves as "Greenlanders" or "Kalaallit" in their language, which they call "Greenlandic" or "Kalaallisut." Most Alaskans continue to accept the name "Eskimo," particularly because "Inuit" refers only to the Inupiat of northern Alaska, the Inuit of Canada, and the Kalaallit of Greenland, and is not a word in the Yupik languages of Alaska and Siberia.
    So, to sum it up:

    Canada: Inuit
    United States (i.e., Alaska): Eskimo, which includes Yupik and Inuit peoples
    Greenland: Kalaallit (Inuit may be acceptable as well, but I simply don’t know)
    Russia: Eskimo (albeit in Russian, Эскимо). Mostly Yupik peoples, with the exception of Inuit on Big Diomede. Sirenikski may be separate from both Yupik and Inuit (hat tip to Anthony Woodbury).

  18. Kp says,

    Hey, I like a good debate, but I agree with Heather.

    Wow, reading all the comments reminds me of what goes on in Washington DC. Good thing this isn't a funding bill and you aren't legislators or A) The bill would never be passed because of one group storming out or B) The bill would cost 10X more because the insulted group would demand it.

    Just tongue in cheek here, trying to add some levity.

  19. Oh my God, the "touchy-feely," politically correct liberals are at it again??

    You guys are really funny.

    Why can't you just enjoy the pictures and forget all this other stuff? The author of this blog wasn't trying to offend anyone.

    I grew up in the 50s, and they're Eskimos to me, and I don't care what anyone thinks.

  20. Kp Says,

    Not all of us are "touchy-feely" liberals. I am a gun toting, meat eating, knife wielding liberal and I enjoy the photos.

  21. To Anonymous:

    Glad to hear it!! I love the pictures, too.

    And . . I am a gun-toting, meat-eating, knife-wielding moderate.

    And. . in many ways, I'm a southern sympathizer, even though I live in the north. So, I guess that makes me racist, too.

    And . .. my husband and I brought our daughter up with plenty of reasonable discipline and none of this "let's be pals" stuff.

    And gee, what a surprise, she's a polite respectful girl who doesn't get into trouble. I wonder why?

    So I guess we won't score any points with Dr. Phil and Oprah.

    Too bad.

  22. Eskimo/Smeskimo! That's not the problem.

    Just think of the damage those savages have done to the delicate Artic ecosystem. The thoughtless hacking of pristine Artic snow and ice was no doubt a likely factor in the shrinking Artic ice pack and global warming.

    There's only one solution to the damage they've done. The "First Nations" needs to buy $Millions of carbon offsets to appease Gaia.

    But, how do a simple folk like them afford it, you might ask?

    Simple, they drill, drill, drill baby smack dab in the middle of ANWR!



    Seriously, folks, he has a very interesting P-H-O-T-O-G-R-A-P-H-Y blog here so why not keep that uppermost in mind whenever you get the urge to make a comment. Save the political or PC stuff for Daily Kos or American Thinker.

  23. Sure Dan, anyone interested in looking at the pictures and not caring to learn more about the background, isn't required to click on the comments.
    Hell, why would they want to read a bunch of people say, "Great picture", they already know that.;o)

  24. honestly guys I enjoy coming to this site to see the photos of course but its more fun to see what people are posting i think its keeps people young.

    i used to work at this deli before i moved away for college and we would have older people come in all the time and they would have something to say about politics, weather, or modern fashions and the one guy I worked with would always get in disputes in a joking manner but he would always say:

    "if you keep your brain running and question why then solve ur problems you stay young, so learn something new today bc it might be the last thing you learn"

    well on the way it sounds i might be one of the younger posters on this site and i dont want to call you guys old but i want you to stay young


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