Inughuit - Sociopolitical Organization



Social Organization. The family was the basic social unit, with no tribal structure or leadership. Especially skilled hunters might have a say in matters, but no one was obligated to follow their suggestions. Although they lived over a broad area, frequent traveling made for frequent contact and all Inughuit were well informed about happenings in the society.

Political Organization. The Inughuit are Danish citizens and governed by Danish law.

Social Control and Conflict. Public opinion and ridicule were used both to prevent and to end conflicts. Problems were often settled by outside parties in order to avoid escalation into an open conflict. Only rarely would hunters join together to kill a troublesome person who tyrannized people. Neighbors would intervene in family fights only if it seemed a matter of life or death.


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