An Eskimo term for early Western visitors. Understandably, as ships came in the spring the better to be able to explore and exploit to the maximum before the winter returned, the Tununirmiut Eskimos called British whalers ‘the men of springtime’.
Lopez also mentions that Eskimos have referred to Westerners as ‘the people who change nature’. We’re living out some of the consequences of that…
‘Local Eskimo, the Tununirmiut,… traded informally with the British whalers, whom they called upirnaagiit, “the men of springtime”.’
Source: Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams, p. 6 and 39