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Ingstad witnesses a four-year-old Nunamiut Eskimo boy drink breast milk from his mother.

October 1, 1949

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Nunamuit: Among Alaska's Inland Eskimos

Helge Ingstad

Man The Fat Hunter
Human Predatory Pattern
Facultative Carnivore
Pregnancy
Carnivore Diet

The daughter of the house, the widow Paniulaq, had carried on with her work all the time without taking very much notice of what was going on. Then her four-year-old son woke up, threw the hides on one side, and sat up, with caribou hairs among his own dark locks. He suddenly became aware of his mother and caught hold of her. She bared her breast, and the sturdy boy began sucking, while the flow of words continued undisturbed.