Igloo History, Word Useage and Area Dialects
About the Use and Origin of the Igloo, Iglu, Igloo Igloo and The Inuit Origin
There are many ways Igloo is spoken around the world. In Sweden they say Iglu, in Russian areas иглу and in some parts of Europe they say Igloo Igloo. However, the roots are based in the Arctic.
The origin is based on the Inuit language and use of the word as iglu or the plural form igluit. They used these terms for any house or home that is built of any material. It is not only for snow structures which may seem confusing. Snow structures are also for called igluvijaq with the plural form being igluvijait. The use of this term would also include any winter habitat to include traditional snow tents, sod houses, homes constructed of driftwood and even modern buildings.
Dialects and the word Igloo
There are Several dialects throughout the Canadian Arctic. These include
In these dialects, they use iglu for all buildings, including and snow house. It is also the official term used by the Nunavut government of Nunavut. The exception is the main dialect that is used in the Igloolik areas. Iglu is often used for various building types, while igluvijaq is specifically for houses made of snow.
To the outside world, the igloo is exclusively referring to a homemade igloo shelter made from blocks of compacted snow which are typically assembled to form a dome.
Snow Camping and Staying Warm
Winter tents, Insulated tents, four season tents, snow camping tents are some of the names for tents used for winter camping or staying in harsh environments. Regardless of what you call them or how well they are insulated, they are not warm without a strong heat source.
Winter camping tents are not made to be warm, they are only intended to keep you dry and out of the wind. Winter camping tents will help preserve some warmth, however they are not very efficient at preserving warmth when winter camping in the snow.
A Windy Night in a Tent Can Be Taxing
If it is windy, the tent will blow and make noise, making it hard to get any quality sleep. A windy night in a tent is a sleepless night and most importantly, if you are trekking through the back country, you need sleep after a long day. You are likely not going to enjoy your tent or winter camping after a long cold windy night.
Serious Winter Camping Gear
If you have never tried an igloo structure you really do not know what you are missing. Our tool is a serious piece of winter camping gear. We are winter camping equipment experts and we know an igloo will retain heat. If you run a heat source you will add and retain much more heat. Therefore, an igloo used for winter camping will be much warmer than any tent out there.
Cold Weather Backpacking
Backpacking in the winter wilderness requires you know how important weight is to your pack. The ICEBOX® igloo tool is designed with weight in mind and is lighter than most winter tents. Backpackers are unique, they love getting out there where few ever venture. We often will hike several miles in and set up a base camp, then venture from that central location. It is not always about covering miles as much as exploring a territory or region of countryside. Setting up an igloo as your central base camp affords you a reliable, warm and safe structure to return to. To this point, igloos allow for longer day treks with less time maintaining camp