The entrance is not simply a hole but a tunnel, extending outward for several feel. The tunnel serves a number of purposes. It keeps snow and wind from blowing in, provides a sleeping place for the dogs, and is a vestibule where loose snow may be brushed off before the Eskimo enters the house.
Inside, all is quite cozy and warm. Generally, here’s what it looks like: There is no furniture such as table and chairs. But along one side of the wall there is a solid shelf of ice covered with skins and furs. Here the family sits and sleeps. Heat and light come from several shallow oil lamps, which also serve as cooking fires. If too much oil is burned in the lamps, the roof may melt. However, it does not happen very often because the rising hot sir cools quite rapidly as it nears the cold snow ceiling. Overhead, hanging from the roof there may be racks for drying cloths or for storing food.