What did hunting provide the Inuit besides meat and What else were Whales used for besides food?

Without many trees or plants in their homeland, the Inuit had to look to animals for most of the materials they needed to make the things they used day to day.

To survive in the Arctic, Inuit women crafted heavy coats called parkas from caribou furs and waterproof boots and mittens from sealskins. From whale bones, walrus tusks, and caribou antlers, men made spear tips and other tools.

And from blubber, the thick layer of fat below the skin of a whale, the Inuit created fuel oil that they burned for heat and light throughout the harsh winter.

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