The Arctic is the
area in the north of Canada that includes Baffin and the Arctic Islands.
This is a very harsh environment. There is snow as far as the eye can
see for much of the year. The Arctic has no trees, it is above the tree
The people who live here are called the Inuit. In the past they lived
in igloos in the winter. Now they use igloos only for temporary shelters
while out hunting.
The freezing temperatures and the shorter days throughout the winter kept
the people inside a good portion of the time. They played games that required
very little space, because there was not a lot of free space inside the
igloo. Igloos had to be small because the snow blocks used to build them
formed a self-supporting arch. An arch that is too wide will not support
itself and will fall in.