Inupiat Family from Noatak, Alaska, 1929, Edward S. Curtis, Wikimedia photo.
Inupiat Family from Noatak, Alaska, 1929, Edward S. Curtis, Wikimedia photo.

Remembering Inuit origins, flesh and bone,
Paleo-Siberians struggled to find their way,
Fathers of their forefathers, migrations over
Beringia, hunters of wooly mammoth, crossed
Waving grasslands, open Arctic steppe.

Tribes in vast numbers, women carried their
Infants, leading children by the hand, families
Of Proto-Asian bloodlines, dark eyes, black
Hair flowing, ice-sheets receding opened land
To inhabit, America’s first nomadic clans.

Furs laced together with sinew, pre-Thule
Inhabitants ventured across High Arctic ice,
First settlers of remote, grandeur strands.
Wielding primitive weapons, heavy-headed
Spears, they killed muskox and brown bears.

Thule and Dorset cultures emerged as older
Populations time-faded, new tribes landscapes
Altered, stony tent rings and primitive houses,
With improved tools, they were equipped to
Flourish amongst harshest northern climes.

Early Inuit life advanced, skin kayak building,
Seal and walrus harpooing, women defleshing
Skins, men caribou herding for massive kills,
Refining projectile points from chert to copper,
Tools crafted from shafts of animal bones.

Decedents of a noble past, present-day Inuit
Embrace their culture and those ancestors
Long since dead, DNA of ancient populations,
Held in blood and marrow, genetic linkage to
Archaic peoples time has sunset slipped away.

For more on Beringia Migration Theory, see this link:
http://www.nps.gov/akso/beringia/beringia/

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