Originally Posted by Wastedgrunt36
Eskimo and Inuit are the same thing, but Inuit is the real name, and Eskimo the given European one.
Just like all Italians are Europeans not all Europeans are Italians.
Inuit, yupik and Aleut are seperate groups with the Yupik and Inuit living in the north of the American continent and the Aleut naturally living in the Aleutian islands. You can also find Yupik groups living in Siberia.
The Inuit/Eskimo argument is an attack of political correctness from the American political scene where derision of the Inuit by other tribes has become associated with the name eskimo, the tribal group reckon that by removing the name eskimo and calling themselves the more PC inuit they will get more respect.
Unfortunately its also directly insulting the Yupik and Aleut who obviously arent Inuit and would be grossly offended to be called it but thats the name that's becoming acceptable.