Into The Wild Tribe

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(Intro) The various groups of American Indian Tribes that Krakauer introduces in his novel, “Into The Wild”, display diverse lifestyles, beliefs, and methods of dealing with harsh conditions they've encountered on a daily basis that has been critical to their survival. Throughout his novel, Krakauer introduces various types of tribes such as, the Chippewa, Greek, Okinawan, Tlingit, Metis, Eskimos, and Dena'ina Tribes. (continued) (Chippewa) (Greek) (Okinawan) (Tlingit) The Tlingit Tribe is originated from the Pacific Northwest and lived throughout Southeastern Alaska, British Columbia and Yukon in Canada. The lifestyle the Tinglits lived all depended on where they were located. For example, the Tlingit community in Canada had its own reserve,…show more content…
The tlingit people today mostly speak english but their original language is a complicated language with many different sounds that is difficult to pronounce Another part of their lifestyle is their way of housing. They live in rectangular cedar-plank houses with bark roofs. They are large houses that hold up to 50 family members. Since the houses contain many people they will need plenty of food to survive. To hunt their food they would use canoes, harpoons, fishhooks, bows and arrows, snares and wooden rods. Another important concept is their religious beliefs. The Tlingit people strongly believed in a grandfather or “divisible -rich-man” named Kah-Shu-Goon-Yah. They believed that he controlled the sun, moon, stars, daylight and also that he created all living things. The Tlingit people were taught to respect everything alive or dead. If they were disrespectful, they would be punished. Lastly, they believed in death and the afterlife. The ones who were respectable people would go to heaven and who ever were delinquents would go to dog heaven which is a place of…show more content…
They have a population of 60,000 but only 25,000 to 30,000 are located in Alaska.The original language is the Inuktitut and it is spoken around Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Siberia. This language is used by many people and is commonly used in schools. Housing was an important part of their lifestyle; It was the major key to survival. They were mainly located along the Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic oceans, Northern Rockies and Tundras. They were always traveling due to the seasons. During summer they would live in tents made of driftwood and poles covered with animal skin, and during the winter they would stay in igloos and used fur to warm themselves up. They had to adapt to harsh conditions, shelter, food and transportation regularly. For example, in the novel, it states, “ (Stefansson conveniently neglected to mention that many, many Indians and Eskimos have starved in the northern latitude, as well)” (Krakauer 181). If they wouldn't have adapted they would not have survived out in the wild alone. Since the weather was always different they had to be prepared. They needed different forms of transportation, such as Kayak and miaks for summer and dog sled or sometimes their very own feet for when winter came. They also needed tools such as spears, bows, arrows, clubs, stonetrapes and knives to hunt animals. Animals were a major part of their dietary. They would
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