Sure. What would you do if your relatives get caught and killed on the ice edge all the time? Even Auks learn!Digit wrote:Accept that Auks are not known to get near the ice.
So you have to catch something to survive, don't you? Ever seen how easy it is to kill seal pups? It's done by the hundreds of thousands in Canada, every year. 275,000 seal pups to be exact!So if you don't catch a seal you have no food, no heating, no lighting.
And if you can't catch a seal (pup), or an Auk or penguin, you go fishin'! Ice fishing is a very productive way of fishing! Ask Canada's winter anglers!
Unless the prey was very much more abundant then than it is today, of course.The Inuit use sledges or boats, they use them to carry stuff, like several hundred pounds of seal meat 'cos you don't wait till you've got nowt to eat before you kill again.
Ask the Inuit how they do it. The Solutreans did the same. They probably invented it! And the Inuit still benefit today...Using oil for heating, cooking, lighting, requires that the fat to be rendered, this requires heat! Then you've got to carry that as well.
A 'long trip' for Inuit is 50 miles. Even today. You can do that with very small boats with hunters. Not with whole extended families/tribes including females, elders, kids, and all your posessions. And certainly not when the trip was the three thousand miles that the Atlantic is wide.The Inuit work from fixed bases for hunting, for long trips, guess what they use RS, boats!
Besides, where would they have been going? America wasn't a destination, because they didn't even know it existed.