A wonderful individual has made snow inuksuit at the base of our road. I’ve been admiring them all week but, since daylight is still so short here, it’s been dark every time I’ve wanted to take a photo. Patience won out, and I snapped a few photos on Saturday early afternoon.
What’s an inuksuk you ask? Traipsing over to Wikipedia briefly we find that, “An inuksuk (plural inuksuit) is a stone landmark or cairn built by humans, sed by the Inuit, Inupiat, Kalaallit, Yupik, and other peoples of the Arctic region of North America. These structures are found from Alaska to Greenland. This region, above the Arctic Circle, is dominated by the tundra biome 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 to mark a food cache. The Inupiat in northern Alaska used inuksuit to assist in the herding of caribou into contained areas for slaughter. Varying in shape and size, the inuksuit have longtime roots in the Inuit culture.”
My brother has always had a proclivity for making inuksuit on camping trips and I love the look of them. To the anonymous individual on our road, your work has been very appreciated.
Cheers and Love,
Maple and Me