Snow Inuksuk

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.

Far away.

Far away.

Up close.

Up close.

Solo.

Solo.

Trail marker.

Trail marker.

Cheers and Love,

Maple and Me

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2 thoughts on “Snow Inuksuk

  1. It’s generally bad form to set up inuksuit or cairns when camping anywhere where there isn’t portopotties (aka well-used and not remote). People still use them for many different areas and trails in the Interior, and having Lower48ers put them up for fun can be dangerous, and people can get lost.

    • Hello Beth! The inuksuit near our house serve as another marker for the turn to our road (the ones someone else has put up on Chena Hot Springs Road similarly serve as markers for the smaller roads.) The ones my brother built on camping trips usually helped further mark the trail (at a tricky turn etc.) I think it’s nice to see people using traditional methods of marking a trail to augment more modern methods, it helps everyone be aware and conscious of Alaskan history.

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