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Etymology edit

paleo- (old, primeval) +‎ Eskimo. The scholar David J. Meltzer writes that the people are "badly named: there is nothing to indicate they are ancestral Eskimo or spoke an Eskimo language; today's Eskimo refer to them as the Tuniit".[1]

Pronunciation edit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌpeɪlioʊˈɛskɪmoʊ/

Noun edit

Paleo-Eskimo pl (plural only)

  1. The inhabitants and/or native cultures of the North American Arctic region before the rise of the modern Eskimo cultures in the region; the Saqqaq, Independence I and II, and/or Dorset cultures and peoples.

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References edit

  1. ^ First Peoples in a New World: Colonizing Ice Age America →ISBN, 2009), page 214