The Malamute is a descendant of dogs of the Mahlemuit tribe of upper western Alaska. At least four thousand years ago, but very likely even earlier, Inuit crossed the Bering Straits when the tribes migrated East from Siberia. Arctic anthropology indicates the presence of Inuit civilization at Cape Krusenstern as early as 1850 B.C. Culturally related more to Siberian peoples then other North American peoples, the early history of the Inuit is still not fully understood. Because of this, the history and early development of the Malamute and other native dog breeds is largely conjectural, but much can be gleaned by their modern uses.