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My entry for MONUMENTFRIDAY2

The Inukshuk pictured here was created for a 2006 CancerCare campaign in Manitoba, and ever since stands on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg.

The mysterious stone figures known as inuksuit can be found throughout the circumpolar world. Inukshuk, the singular of inuksuit, means "in the likeness of a human" in the Inuit language. They are monuments made of unworked stones that are used by the Inuit for communication and survival. The traditional meaning of the inukshuk is "Someone was here" or "You are on the right path."
The Inuit make inuksuit in different forms for a variety of purposes: as navigation or directional aids, to mark a place of respect or memorial for a beloved person, or to indicate migration routes or places where fish can be found. Other similar stone structures were objects of veneration, signifying places of power or the abode of spirits. Although most inuksuit appear singly, sometimes they are arranged in sequences spanning great distances or are grouped to mark a specific place.
These sculptural forms are among the oldest and most important objects placed by humans upon the vast Arctic landscape and have become a familiar symbol of the Inuit and of their homeland. Inuit tradition forbids the destruction of inuksuit. An inukshuk (also known as inuksuk) is often venerated as symbolizing an ancestor who knew how to survive on the land in the traditional way. A familiar inukshuk is a welcome sight to a traveler on a featureless and forbidding landscape.
An inukshuk can be small or large, a single rock, several rocks balanced on each other, round boulders or flat. Built from whatever stones are at hand, each one is unique. The arrangement of stones indicates the purpose of the marker. The directions of arms or legs could indicate the direction of an open channel for navigation, or a valley for passage through the mountains. An inukshuk in the form of a human being is called an inunnguaq. This type of structure forms the basis of the logo of the 2010 Winter Olympics designed by Vancouver artist Elena Rivera MacGregor. It is widely acknowledged that this design pays tribute to the inukshuk that stands at Vancouver's English Bay, which was created by artisan Alvin Kanak of Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories. Friendship and the welcoming of the world are the meanings of both the English Bay structure and the 2010 Winter Olympics emblem.
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Apr 15 2010 19:03 GMT LizSA
it is just beautiful... so meaningfull....
Have a wonderful weekend Jomoud
Apr 15 2010 19:05 GMT charlie26
Great entry. Thanks for the explanation.
Apr 15 2010 19:21 GMT Bellavista
Interesting monument!
Apr 15 2010 19:33 GMT charlotte
lovely
Apr 15 2010 19:46 GMT hans55 PRO
a very interresting monument !!!
Apr 15 2010 20:46 GMT Annamaria
Great monument!! Thanks for the explanation, John!! ;-))
Apr 15 2010 20:46 GMT abojovna PRO
Very interesting monument! Thank you for sharing dear John!
Apr 15 2010 21:01 GMT yellowgirl
what a great monument and story.
Apr 15 2010 22:14 GMT MargNZ
Wonderful entry with very interesting information .. thank you John and have a nice weekend :)
Apr 15 2010 23:07 GMT Jolie1981
I agree with LizSA
It's beautiful! =D
Apr 15 2010 23:18 GMT jamesrb PRO
Fantastic !! :^)
Apr 16 2010 01:13 GMT GraniteRoad
Fantastic choice my friend. And a great story to go with it. I have observed a number of these on the road from International Falls / Fort Francis towards Winnipeg.
Apr 16 2010 02:08 GMT ashdad PRO
Impressive monument and interesting background.
Apr 16 2010 02:54 GMT fhelsing PRO
a marvelous entry!
Apr 16 2010 05:04 GMT sini
Great image and entry!:)
Apr 16 2010 07:38 GMT Koren
Great entry John, love the story ;o)
Apr 16 2010 08:09 GMT senna3
Wonderful choice for the theme!
Apr 16 2010 08:13 GMT lunacrout
Lovely image and very interesting info :)
Apr 16 2010 09:09 GMT rainbow71
A brilliant entry.
Apr 16 2010 09:19 GMT superJoan
Great entry John and thanks for all the information
Apr 16 2010 09:38 GMT Papagena
Gorgeous monument !! Thanks a lot for all these informations about it !!!
Apr 16 2010 15:57 GMT megmet PRO
A great entry and comprehensive information too!

Hope you both have a lovely weekend and a touch of spring to come. :-)
Apr 16 2010 15:58 GMT iyerhari
great pic. and the details!
Apr 16 2010 16:14 GMT martini957
Fantastic monument & history...I've seen the stacked stones before but never understood their meaning....very interesting
Apr 16 2010 18:12 GMT verarenm
I loved it. Adorable choice!
Apr 16 2010 18:22 GMT Lensvision
Beautiful entry!
Apr 16 2010 18:32 GMT annieann PRO
this is wonderfullllllllllllllllllllllllllll
Apr 16 2010 19:04 GMT Sheila PRO
I feel so sorry for them - excellent entry!
Apr 16 2010 19:06 GMT Pea2007
A most interesting place.
Apr 16 2010 19:09 GMT dougrun PRO
Great entry and I really enjoyed the historical perspective!
Apr 17 2010 00:56 GMT DragonSpeed PRO
Very cool!

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