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Photo of an inukshuk @ Rolf Hicker.

Inuksuk

Inuksuit are among the most important objects created by the Inuit. The term Inuksuk (the singular of Inuksuit) means ‘to act in the capacity of a human.’ Inuksuk stone figures were placed on the temporal and spiritual landscapes. Among many practical functions, they were employed as hunting and navigation aids, coordination points, indicators, and message centers.

Many Inuit who lived most of their lives on the land retain a strong attachment to Inuksuit believed to have been built by their ancestors. Some of these ‘old’ Inuksuit are mentioned in Aya-yait, the traveling songs passed from one generation to the next to help travelers remember a series of directions for long trips. Often these old Inuksuit are venerated regardless of their function. Even today, the appearance of familiar Inuksuit on the landscape is a welcome sight when one is a long way from home.

Source: "Akiurvik", Tungasuvvingat Inuit, Winter 2010


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