Nirjutiarsiit nunamiutait The (Terrestrial) Prey That Are Secondary or Subordinate
Although in some cases, these smaller land mammals are considered members of the pisuktiit, "the walkers", there is a general agreement that they should be separated from larger mammals, which form the staples of Inuit life.
A number of characteristics serve to distinguish the smaller land mammals, the nirjutiarsiit nunamiutait, or secondary, subordinate land prey, from the nirjutiviit nunamiutait, the terrestrial prey "par excellence", which form the pisuktiit. Unlike the pisuktiit, they are not often hunted by the Inuit at least, not by the adult hunters. An Igloolik resident said, "because we don't really eat them, they aren't often called that" (Randa 1994). Such animals were captured by children learning to hunt, or by women around the camp, often by throwing stones at them. They do not migrate or travel any significant distance, and they cannot cross bodies of water.
Among the animals considered in this group, the arctic hare is considered the most like the pisuktiit, because they "can move around" over fairly significant distances. The siksik, on the other hand, is known as the least mobile, as it "never leaves its territory".
Although they were not considered important when compared with larger game animals, these small creatures had their uses, especially for medicinal or household purposes. Lemming skins, for example, were used on boils, while rabbit droppings could be used for stomach trouble.