Kigiaq means beaver in Inuktitut.
What would a beaver be without wood? A beaver. It may be hard to imagine, but beavers can survive just fine without trees and logs and sticks. In fact, life's a lot easier without them: no need to work all day building dams and lodges.
Yes, beavers live above the tree line, in the rivers and shallow lakes of the southern Arctic region. Like woodland beavers, they eat a variety of aquatic plants, adding the Arctic's mini-trees, mainly willows, to their diet. And, like deepwater-dwelling woodland beavers, instead of making lodges, they dig out dens in the banks of their waterways.
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