Inuit of the Kitikmeot participated in Inuit networks of contact
and trade for centuries before the arrival of European fur traders.
News, ideas, raw materials, items of Inuit manufacture, and later,
European trade goods spread through these networks. Adjacent regional
groups traded raw materials such as animal skins, driftwood, flint,
soapstone, copper, etc., that were available in their home territory.
These materials would be traded unaltered, or sometimes as completed
items such as clothing, bows, pots or snow knives. Adjacent regional
groups would also act as intermediaries and trade the raw materials
or manufactured goods of more distant Inuit groups.
materials that were available in a limited region, or manufactured
items that were skillfully made by a certain regional group could
be traded over large distances. These items could move by being
traded from group to group along the network, or could be secured
by individuals making long distance journeys by dogteam.
Tree River Inuit descending to the sea at the approach of winter,