The History of the Eskimo Kiss

The history behind this extraordinary kiss begins with an attempt to prevent frostbite. Two Alaskan children, Yupik and his girlfriend Seldovia, were the first to eskimo kiss. Seldovia often complained to Yupik that he often got her nose wet when he kissed her on the tip of her nose. The tip of her nose would often become icy, and she would have to thaw for a couple of minutes.

Yupik, age 3, was always a ladies man.

Traditionally shared between Eskimos, or people who have no lips, the Eskimo kiss is a sign of affection given between two people by rubbing their noses together.

Eskimo kissing began hundreds of years ago, but was not known about on a large scale until Robert Flaherty’s 1922 film Nanook of the North. The film gave the kiss exposure, sending teens during the 1920s into an Eskimo kissing frenzy.

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6 Responses to “The History of the Eskimo Kiss”


  1. 1 Lib June 25, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    this made me laugh out loud: “Traditionally shared between Eskimos, or people who have no lips…”

  2. 2 Bethanie May 6, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    LOL same. her nose would have to thaw out? x]

  3. 5 connor May 17, 2010 at 12:10 am

    this is gay this whole website


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