Anthropology Dale Mudge and Jim Burke Return Home
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The native Inuit are no strangers to contact from other cultures; ever since the first trading posts were established in the 1600s, the peoples of the Far North have acted as guides for explorers and traders in the region. The influence of the modern world has resulted in many beneficial changes in such areas as health care and transportation, but Mudge noted that the Inuit are now vulnerable to some of the same temptations as the rest of us:

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"Owner Dwayne said that 60 percent of his business is junk food sold to kids . . .There are stacks and stacks of cases of different sugars in the aisles . . .

"We have observed a termendous amount of people with extracted teeth, and even the kindergarten kids have mouthfuls of silver fillings . . ."

Photo: A teenager hangs out in front of a wall of soda at one of Sanikiluaq's two grocery stores.

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