The Story of the Inukshuk

 

The Inukshuk is an indelible icon of the North. Created originally as sign posts to the inuit to show where they had been, and to mark the best spots to fish!

Not of the Northwestern region, the Inukshuk has been adopted into our culture as a symbol of friendship, direction and guidance; inspired from the traditional purpose of wayfinding. The original Google Map Icon.

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Some great links and stories:

An RCMP officer watches an Inuit family build the Northern landmark, a sign of human activity on the vast arctic landscape (1931).

https://www.historicacanada.ca/content/heritage-minutes/inukshuk

During their summer hunts, Inuit families sometimes built stone piles, often in the shape of humans with outstretched arms. The Inuit call these sculptures "inukshuks." They marked good fishing sites, provided shelter from the wind, and sometimes offered a place for hunters to ambush caribou. On the wild arctic landscape they are often the only sign that humans have passed through, a symbol of the traditional Inuit way of life.

Inuksuk (Inukshuk)

Inuksuk (also spelled inukshuk, plural inuksuit) is a figure made of piled stones or boulders constructed to communicate with humans throughout the Arctic.

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/inuksuk-inukshuk/