Weird History

9 Interesting Facts About The Sex Lives Of Remote Eskimo Tribes

Eskimo sexuality is tribal and, before outside influences changed it, Eskimo customs and traditions like wife-swapping (sound familiar, Mongols?) and wild parties (the Romans did that too!) were common. To offer one's wife to a guest was an aspect of hospitality that had spiritual and practical implications, and the somber and respected tradition of wife-swapping was often accompanied by shamanistic rituals.

Despite the open sexuality and frank conversations about marriage within Eskimo culture, other topics, such as those who identify as LGBTQ+, have remained taboo. However, ideas about gays and lesbians are changing within Eskimo communities.

Even the term "Eskimo" itself is not without its challenges. Sometimes considered to be an over-generalization or even offensive, the term "Eskimo" refers to natives of Arctic regions of the north and subarctic parts of of North America, Greenland, and Siberia. Eskimo is an umbrella for specific groups and tribes known as Inuits, Aleuts, Yupik, or numerous other names depending on location as well as linguistic and cultural background.

Keeping different tribes and unique aspects in mind, here's some general history about sex, Eskimo-style.