Greenland

Inuksuk

An inuksuk is a stone landmark or cairn built by humans, used by the Inuit, Inupiat, Kalaallit, Yupik, and other peoples of the Arctic region. These structures are found from Greenland to Alaska. This region, above the Arctic Circle, is dominated by the tundra and has areas with few natural landmarks.

The inuksuk may have been used for navigation, as a point of reference, a marker for travel routes, fishing places, camps, hunting grounds, places of veneration, drift fences used in hunting or as a food cache. Varying in shape and size, the inuksuit (plural) have longtime roots in the Inuit culture.

As you can see this one is newish and made of wood, but the same applies, built on a hill top, viewable for miles, you can even see the pub from up here.

Have a great weekend.

24 comments on “Inuksuk

  1. How interesting, I’ve never heard of them. I would love to visit Greenland, that’s a great gig you’ve got there!

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  2. Gillian

    Love the photo.

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  3. Rich McPeek

    Terrific shot! Love the detail Mark!

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  4. Outstanding composition and processing here, man. Nice work.

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  5. Beautiful composition, mark. And enjoyed your write up.

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  6. Great explanation and image. These are seen all over Canada as well.

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  7. Laurie's Apron Strings

    Thanks not only for your photos but also for the history. I homeschool and use them in class. Have a blessed day!!

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  8. A wonderful photo, Mark! Reminds me of one of the memorial structures that we saw on the Canadian memorial beach in Normandy last fall…

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  9. I love your stories along with great photos like this one!

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  10. I remember seeing one of these on the top of Whistler mountain when I was skiing out there a few years ago. Great photo

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  11. annestee

    Very interesting, thank you for the photo

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  12. The Vancouver Winter Olympics used this shape in much of their promotion. Because of this we often see it made from stones along the ocean shore. People here have really been influenced by it. Virginia

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