Eskimos do not live in igloos made of snow, as most people think. Ice houses are built only as temporary shelters during winter hunting trips. The Igloo is made from blocks of snow and it has got a hole in the top for a chimney.

Permanent homes are usually built of wood, whalebone and covered with seal skins and earth. Seal oil is burned for warmth and light.
During the short summers, they live in tents made of animal skins.