The eskimo is not interested in scenery but in action

For nothing in their world easily defines itself and is separable from the general background. What exists, the Eskimo themselves must struggle to bring into existence. 

What does action mean to the Eskimo? In a land that seems void of anything, what do they gain from the environment- and in return what do they receive? Is the ‘struggle’ to make something out of ‘nothing’ translated into this idea of taking some form of physical action?