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- n. A tent or other building made from animal skins, used by the Inuit during the summer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A summer tent of the Eskimos, consisting of a single pole or a framework of poles supporting a cover of skins.
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- n. tent that is an Eskimo summer dwelling
It is all so complex, so impenetrable, a tupik, a blind alley, as the Russians call it.
In the summer they live in a tent, which they call a "tupik."
Even so, they might have managed to scrape through the winter on their stock of frozen salmon and stored blubber, and what the traps gave them, but in December one of their hunters came across a tupik (a skin-tent) of three women and a girl nearly dead, whose men had come down from the far North and been crushed in their little skin hunting-boats while they were out after the long-horned narwhal.
In heavy winds or heavy summer rains, the old tupik is simply spread over the new one, thus giving a double thickness and protection to the owners.
A usual practice among the better class of Eskimos is to use the old tupik of the previous summer for a rain or weather-guard to the new tent.
The tupik is made of sealskins, with the hair on the inside.
The bed platform in the tupik is now generally made of lumber, which I have furnished, raised on stones, and in pleasant weather the cooking is done outside.
The family then moves outside and sets up the tupik, or skin tent, which is their home from about the first of June till some time in