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Inclusion of Inuit Creation myths[edit]

Is there space in this article for inclusion of Inuit perspectives on their origins? --IseeEwe (talk) 02:37, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

Is or was commonly used?[edit]

I have reverted a pending edit to this page which changed "Eskimo was a term commonly used..." to "Eskimo is a term commonly used..." (emphasis mine) on the basis that I believe this is a contentious change and should be discussed. So, which word should be used here? Ivanvector (talk) 00:42, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

My opinion on the matter would be that if the phrase Eskimo is still in current use in what is considered reliable sources then its still is. If they are referring to them by Innuit or another alternative name then was seems like the best option.Amortias (T)(C) 00:49, 14 February 2015 (UTC)
Was would be the best word here. CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 00:04, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
I am rather confused as to the utility of the entire section. Certainly, the word "Eskimo" is still commonly used. Certainly, it also "was" a term commonly used. I guess the question is: contentious or not, what is the point being made here? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 149.171.145.145 (talk) 07:43, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
Sorry, my mistake, I actually agree with the group consensus on this one, and that section is fine, if not very cleanly worded. It's the later usage of "used to be" that I don't agree with (see my most recent edit). — Preceding unsigned comment added by 149.171.145.145 (talk) 08:05, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

Alaska or the United States[edit]

Some comments on my recently reverted edits. Personally, when we are talking about indigenous peoples, who draw their own tribal boundaries, I think it makes more sense to refer to regions (e.g. Alaska or "Aleyska") than to Nation-states. Second, "native Alaskan" refers to someone born in Alaska. "Alaska Natives" is the correct term for indigenous peoples of the place. Thirdly, "State" is capitalized when it refers to a State of the United States, and that's kind of not a trivial point here. I can understand using the wording United States when we're talking about the "arctic region of the Unites States" because the "arctic region of the United States" is a pretty specific region. That would almost be OK, were the Inuit actually inhabitants exclusively of Arctic regions, which they are not-- "Arctic" is a very specific region, and a great number of Inuit people are subarctic. Furthermore, the reference cited refers to "Alaska," not "the Unites States," so there's no real reason why Wikipedia should be changing the wording. Also, in the language section, I completely disagree with the use of "United States" instead of "Alaska"-- it is very obvious that we are not talking about the nation state at this point. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 149.171.145.145 (talk) 07:57, 15 February 2015 (UTC)