I is for Inushuck

A-Z Home Challenge : Québec, Canada

"An inuksuk is a stone landmark or cairn built by humans, used by the Inuit, Inupiat, Kalaallit, Yupik, and other peoples of the Arctic region of North America. The inushuk may have been used for navigation, as a point of reference, a marker for hunting grounds, or as a food cache. Varying in shape and size, the inuksuit have longtime roots in the Inuit culture." (Wikipedia)

I chose an Inushuck to represent in the home challenge the aboriginal people. There is 11 Aboriginal Nations in Québec, and they hold an important place in our history. Oh and an Inushuck was the logo for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics!

There is a lot of places where people built Inushuck, probably just because they are cute :) The left pic was taken today. Top right pic was taken a few years ago, on top of Mont du Lac des Cygnes ( http://365project.org/maola/365/2010-07-20). The bottom right pic was taken this summer, close to where my mom lives, in a beautiful little town by the St-Lawrence river. I usually don't do collages, but I wanted to show you Insushucks in their "natural habitat".
Great photos and makes a very interesting read! I love that 365'ers are from all over the world :-)
posted October 2nd, 2010  
I see these randomly along the road here in Ontario sometimes.
posted October 2nd, 2010  
These are all lovely photos Cynthia making a fantastic collage. Thanks for the history it is just so interesting :)
posted October 3rd, 2010  
A great bit of information. Is there a problem with keeping them intact, or do people tend to respect them and leave them be? They are quite neat.
posted October 3rd, 2010  
@digitalrn I don't know for sure, but I think people tend to respect them. My mom said the ones close to her place have been there for a while.
posted October 3rd, 2010  
We build them in the rivers here in the Smokies too. Very nice collage.
posted October 3rd, 2010  
These are beautiful, how amazing it must be to be out walking & come upon one of these!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
These are gorgeous shots
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Very interesting - I never knew what they were called! Love your shots of them!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Great shots! I like all of them! And very interesting info ))))
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Awesome collage and again, great history and info - keep bringing it on!!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
love the inukshuk! great collage!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
woow lovely u did those :)))
posted October 5th, 2010  
These are AMAZING! I am loving your series!
posted October 7th, 2010  
I love stacked rocks and would love to make some of my own as a garden project. I've seen them stacked with rebar holding them in place. Must be drilled, I think.
posted October 11th, 2010  
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