In Inuit culture, the mother’s role was crucial to the survival of the family. Without a woman, a man’s chances of survival were diminished. The woman as mother and wife kept the home fires going. The tasks included rearing children, food preparation, making clothes, keeping traditions alive through storytelling and duties relating to daily needs for her family. Children were treated with the utmost regard as it was believed that they were the spirits of grandparents and deceased relatives reborn. Children were loved and pampered as it was understood to give them depth and strength in adulthood.