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Chapter 67: Inuit
Bands of Paleo-Eskimos migrated into the New World near the conclusion of the Beringia, or Land Bridge era; it is inconclusive, though, whether they traveled by land or water. Initial theories of origin suggested derivation from areas such as Mongolia, Japan, and Korea to circumscribe on a more generic area of Asia. The evolution from “Paleo-Eskimo” into Inuit occurred after arriving at the tip of the northeastern Siberian area around 8000 BCE. It was once believed that the Inuit migration initiated from the west end of the volcanic Aleutian Islands, progressed eastward toward the Alaska mainland, and then continued northerly; fieldwork reveals that the ancient encampments appear increasingly antiquated on the islands closest to the Alaska mainland and less aged on each successive island. ...