Eskimos good Russian do not understand
Jack London called them "children of the frost." Eskimos - a group of indigenous people of Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Chukotka. They left about 150 000 people in the world. "My Planet" - about the differences between cultures and the paradoxes of the national identity.
They can borrow someone else's wife
If the constant wife is sick or she has a small child, it is convenient to change it for the young and strong woman, which is easier to navigate. After all, in the way a woman should not only perform the conjugal duty, but to cook food, in every possible way to help the head of the family and share the road hardship. There is a special term for the wives in exchange for a few days - "areodyarekput".
They are called online travel
At the beginning of the XXI century Eskimos got acquainted with the Internet, and this term is needed to translate into their language. The experts chose the word ikiaqqivik - "a journey through the layers." Previously, they called the ritual of the shaman, who in search of an answer to any question is "traveling" through time and space.
They sniff each other during the meeting
Inuit traditional greeting used mostly relatives or lovers, called "Kunik". It looks like this: one is greeting presses his nose to the forehead or cheeks of the second and sucks the air - as if sniffing, inhaling the familiar smell. It said that the custom arose because in extremely cold lips freeze - no kiss, and even called it the Eskimo kiss. In fact, it is purely a friendly greeting and due to the fact that the lower part encountered the cold face can be closed.
They compete in a tug ears yarn
The program of the World Eskimo Olympics included a special competition - pulling strands ears. At the two ends of the loop thread are made. Opponents sit down face to face, ear loop fits everyone. And the other hand pulls the rope, they ears (or rather - his head and even torso) trying to pull the thread until someone does not refuse from further competition due to the pain. I must say, not every ear can endure such a struggle.
They risk their lives for the sake of a handful of mussels
Monotonous food sometimes so boring that the Eskimos settled on a very dangerous event - ice collecting mussels. On the surface of the Arctic seas almost all year - a thick layer of ice. It is necessary to catch a brief low tide, when a huge ice sheet is formed a hollow space, cut a hole in it, to go down and collect it from the harvest of mussels.
The point is really risky. Do collectors have no more than half an hour to leave the ice cave before the arrival of the wave - if you do not have time, death is inevitable. Additionally, ice, hangs at low tide virtually air may collapse in desperate collectors. And all for the sake of a handful of mussels, which are eaten in one sitting.
Their women use pads instead of moss and algae
Eskimo women as a means of protection in the critical days of use skins of fur-bearing animals, moss, lichen and thin wood chips, are made of alder. Those who live close to the sea, prefer algae.
Their children are afraid Kalupiluka
Every culture has its own specific monsters and monsters that frighten children, if they will not go to sleep now. Eskimos fear Kalupiluka (Qalupalik or Kallupilluk) - a ghost that is just waiting to steal unwary people under the ice at the bottom of the sea.
They put on the graves of players
Custom to leave the dead man his favorite things exists in many northern peoples. Sending the deceased to the "top people" live "sent" to him all the things that, in their opinion, could be useful in other life. Before they were knives, artifacts of walrus tusk, and now - modern appliances. More often - and video players.