How do modern Inuit hunt for food and are the natives of the Arctic and Subarctic still hunters?

Although they now generally make most of their income from wage work, many native people still hunt for their livelihood.

But, with their introduction to new goods, the way they hunt has changed. Rifles or guns that shoot out a harpoon with an explosive charge have replaced the spears and harpoons formerly made by hand.

Fiberglass boats with outboard motors have replaced the old whaling vessels and kayaks. And snowmobiles are far more common than sleds led by teams of dogs. But all these innovations have not destroyed their hunting traditions.

The same hardiness and resilience that allowed these peoples to live in an icy wilderness also help them retain their old ways in a changing world.

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