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Sunday, March 21, 2010

From a Canadian Friend named Glenda

Do you remember this symbol
from the 2010 Winter Olympics
in Vancouver, BC, Canada?

from Ontario, Canada,
sent me a coin with this image on it.

I receive an email
with this message to me:
Just so we have it 'right'...
wouldn't want to be known
for giving the retired teacher

I went
to the sites
she suggested.
Came up with
of interesting information

So, for your
here is some
of the background information.
and photos,
of Canadian Inukskuits
that I found.

(Inukshuk by Renfrew, Ontario)

An "inukshuk"
[plural: inuksuit],
is an Inuit word
that literally translated means
"stone man that points the way."

are stone cairns
that were erected by Inuit
at prominent locations throughout the barrens
to serve as guideposts or markers.

They were also erected
to help herd caribou
during their annual migration
towards where they could be more easily hunted
by the ancient Inuit.

Lifelike figures of rock,
they are erected by the Inuit
and stand along Canada's most northern shores.

They are Inukshuk
(pronounced In-OOK-Shook),
which is an Inuit word meaning
"in the image of man"
Guiding you home...
the Inukshuk has always felt special to us.

They are awesome,
as the sheer size is overwhelming.

The Inukshuk symbolism is far reaching
- they were a beacon to those looking for
the right direction and a safe passage.

can now be seen in
people's gardens and yards,
on the shores by their cottages,
out front of condominiums,
in the boardroom.
(Inukshuk by Deer Lake, Kinch)

There are stunning pieces of art
in all shapes & sizes,
from silver coins
to mini rock figurines,
to gorgeous oil paintings.

(3 Inukshuit sculpted by native Inuits)

Ever the Learner of Knowledge

1 comment:

  1. Love it!

    Dear Teacher of 34 Years,

    Thank you for educating this 35-years-old.

    A wanna-be teacher ;-)


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