Inuit culture is based on a hunter gatherer society supported by hunting fish, sea mammals and land animals for food, heat, light, clothing, tools and shelter. They hunt mainly seal and caribou, but also whale, walrus, polar bear, musk, ox, fox and wolf.

Family is at the heart of society. Men and women traditionally have very specific roles. The men are the hunters, they make the sledge, tools and manage the dogs. The women prepare food, tend the camp, prepare skins and make clothes. Their relationship is interdependent and historically it was very unusual for a man or woman to live alone.

There are around 160,000 Inuit people living in the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Chukotka, Russia.