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In Reply to: RE: Eskimo (1933) posted by Jay Buridan on March 19, 2021 at 07:47:27
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Inupiaq or Inupiat? Have you encountered both terms and wondered what they mean? Here's the breakdown. The word Inupiaq literally means the "real or genuine person". Inuk = person, plus -piaq = real. Inupiaq is used to refer to a person of that cultural group.
Inupiaq is also the name for the language spoken by Inupiat, which spans from the Seward Peninsula to the North Slope, a specific region within the broad Inuit spectrum. Inupiat is the plural form of Inupiaq (singular).
there's the Yupik and the Aleut too ... and over the last 100 years or so all their languages have converged into Eskimo-Aleut; there's even clans running around Siberia ... and they all self identify as 'Eskimo' ... spiffy eh?
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