Sirenik or Sireniki Eskimos are former speakers of a very peculiar Eskimo language in Siberia, before they underwent a language shift rendering it extinct. The peculiarities of this language among Eskimo languages amount to the extent that it is proposed by some to classify it as a standalone third branch of Eskimo languages (alongside Inuit and Yupik). The total language death of this peculiar remnant means that now the cultural identity of Sireniki Eskimos is maintained through other aspects: slight dialectical difference in the adopted Siberian Yupik language; sense of place, including appreciation of the antiquity of their settlement Sireniki.
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“Lieutenant Hirth: The Eskimos are racially as low as Negroes.
The Factor: Whats the matter with Negroes?
Lieutenant Hirth: Theyre semi-apes. Only one degree above the Jews.”
—Emeric Pressburger (19021988)