Is an inukshuk a sculpture?
Often what we consider an ‘inukshuk’ is actually called an inunnguaq. An inunnguaq (ᐃᓄᙳᐊᖅ), meaning “imitation of a person,” is a stone sculpture that is shaped to look like a body or person and has spiritual meaning with practices related to it.
Do you know what an inukshuk is in Canada?
The flag of Nunavut has one on it and if you visit northern Canada, you’ll probably run into quite a few of them. They’re called an inukshuk (say “i-NOOK-shook”) and you might be surprised at the many uses Inuit people have for them. But what are they? An inukshuk is a structure made of stones piled on top of each other.
How are the stones of an inukshuk made?
How are they made? Inukshuks are made of stacked stones that are picked because they fit well together. There is no glue or cement that holds them together, they stay up because they are balanced on each other. Each stone supports the one above and below it.
Why you shouldn’t make inukshuks?
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Gros Morne National Park wants people to stop building the stone sculptures, saying it could damage the landscape or even lead hikers astray.
How is the inukshuk a cross-cultural symbol?
Because of its humanoid appearance in the likeness of a little person, its image has become a popular cross-cultural symbol. The most common inuksuk is built with stone placed upon stone. It may also appear as a single upright stone, or as cairn-like structures created by stacking boulders.
What was the purpose of building an inukshuk?
Inuksuit also served more symbolic purposes. Someone might construct an inukshuk to mark a sacred area or commemorate the loss of a loved one. Inuksuit not only had various meanings, they were also built with various shapes and sizes.
What was the Inuksummarik used for?
An inuksummarik or an inuksukjuaq, are often rounded boulders placed to form the shape of a pyramid and noted for being larger than average size. These are used as directional aids. Within these categories, inuksuit can get pretty specific.
How do you make an inukshuk?
How to build an Inukshuk:
- Stop moving, take a deep breath, and look around. If there are Inuksuit about chances are you are somewhere pretty awesome, enjoy it for a moment.
- Find some rocks.
- Stack ’em up.
- Be patient.
- Choose your spot.
- Most Importantly.