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definition of the word Palæeskimo

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palæ- (old”, “primæval) +‎ Eskimo

Palæeskimo (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the inhabitants and/or native cultures of the North American Arctic region before the rise of the modern Eskimo cultures in the region; of or pertaining to the Saqqaq, Independence I and II, and/or Dorset cultures and/or their peoples.
    • 1927: Therkel Mathiassen, The Thule Culture and Its Position Within the Eskimo Culture: Archæology of the Central Eskimos II, page 198 (Gyldendal)
      Hatt confirms (1916) the stratification in the Eskimo culture but is of the opinion that Steensby’s two strata should be turned over; and what Steensby calls Neoeskimo, the decided coast culture, is the elder, whereas the markedly inland Palæeskimo culture is later.
    • 1970: Ib Persson, Anthropological Investigations of the Population of Greenland, volume 180, issue 1, page 11 (C. A. Reitzel; ISBN 8742100100, 9788742100103)
      The oldest forms of culture, comprising Independence I, the Sarqaq culture, Independence II, and the Dorset Culture, are included in the term Palæo-eskimo Culture.
    • 1983: Denmark Kommissionen for ledelsen af de geologiske og geografiske undersøgelser i Grønland, Meddelelser om Grønland, volume 53, page 212 (C. A. Reitzel)
      From this domain the Eskimo culture in its improved and enriched form then extended partly to South Alaska as Subarctic Eskimo culture and partly in a northerly and easterly direction along the coast of the Arctic Ocean along the old Palæeskimo paths of distribution, where it had to emphasize the Arctic sides of the economic culture, whereby it had occasion to improve and enrich the Palæeskimo culture.

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