Inukshuk on the Humber River

picturesRunning in Etienne Brule Park this morning, I saw a number of inukshuk on the Humber River.

I'm not sure who built them, but it was quite the sight on this Canada Day. From good ol' Wikipedia, here's what they symbolize.

An inuksuk is a stone landmark used as a milestone or directional marker by the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. Inuksuit differ from some cairns in significance. The Arctic Circle, dominated by permafrost, has few natural landmarks and thus the inuksuk was central to navigation across the barren tundra.

Inuksuit vary in shape and size, and perform a diverse array of tasks. It is a symbol with deep roots in the Inuit culture, a directional marker that signifies safety, hope and friendship.

I'm all about safety, hope and friendship, so I returned with my camera and created this photoset of inukshuk on the Humber River.

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Jill

I have been fascinated with Inukshuks for the past few years after I first saw one and I love what they symbolize. I have thought that I would like to buy this: http://www.birks.com/index.asp?cFlag=products&searchStr=inukshuk&SKU=860111&SecID=0&CatID=0&LangID=1
for each of my daughters after they graduate from highschool and choose their next journey in life.

July 1, 2007 @ 6:03 PM

Stephanie

Those pictures are fascinating.. I wonder who put them there? Although, at first I did laugh becuase if an inukshuk is to point to direction as a firm of navigation, it looks like a bunch of parnets at a soccer game... go this way! go that way..

Jill, that's a beautiful pendant and beautiful symbol of life going forward.

July 2, 2007 @ 8:54 AM

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