On a concluding note, after almost twenty-five years of being published, McCullough ‘s monograph is considered a seminal volume on the life and times of the Thule people, and also considered a veritable tribute to Thule literature. Hailed as a ready-reference to Arctic studies by many anthropologists, perhaps the most striking feature of McCullough’s monograph is that it leaves sufficient scope for debate as to the cultural positioning and the subsistence studies of the Ruin Island Phase Sites. Indeed, the book has been outlived by the discussions surrounding it, such as the anomalies between conventional methods of age-estimation. It flew in the face of results accorded to Thule literature by an almost rudimentary analysis of radioactive carbon footprints. McCullough’s work thus puts into perspective the degree of extensive migration among aboriginal races that inhabited the earth ages ago. In a globalized world, with its boundaries shrinking by the day and decade, the perception of the Thule Eskimos as a migrant race has become something more than an amusing socio-economic factor. Migration as a means of geographical displacement of socio-cultural and demographic identities may someday account for the traces of nomadic origins in continents where the race wasn’t considered an indigenous entity.
McCullough’s work thus casts light on the need of more and more systematic evidence supporting the theory of migration, such as the motivation for such an undertaking. No wonder, trade has been one of the foremost reasons for the globalization of the earth as we know it, but prehistoric evidence suggests that there is a lot more to migration than trade, social interactions or food-gathering. Like an ornithologist studies the migratory cycles of various birds to study their lifestyle, the evidence of a sub-cadet branch of the human race migrating great distances has been surreptitiously reminiscent of KonTiki. Archaeologists and anthropologists alike have acknowledged that the Arctic is a formidable region full of vital evidence about the origins and the lives of our illustrious forefathers, and McCullough’s monograph, in that regard, is a monument bearing testimony to the same.