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An inukshuk on the flag of Nunavut
An inukshuk on the flag of Nunavut

An inukshuk (Inuktitut: inuksuk / ᐃᓄᒃᓱᒃ, plural inuksuit / ᐃᓄᒃᓱᐃᑦ) is a stone landmark used as a milestone or directional marker by the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. Inuksuit differ from some cairns in significance. The Arctic Circle, dominated by permafrost, has few natural landmarks and thus the inukshuk was central to navigation across the barren tundra. This is the flag of Nunavut. ... This is the flag of Nunavut. ... The Flag of Nunavut was proclaimed on 1 April 1999, along with the territory of Nunavut in Canada. ... Note: This page contains phonetic information presented in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) using Unicode. ... A Spanish kilometre stone A milestone on the Boston Post Road in Harvard Square, Massachusetts, USA Slate milestone near Bangor, Wales A milestone or kilometre sign is one of a series of numbered markers placed along a road at regular intervals, typically at the side of the road or in... Inuit woman Inuit (Inuktitut syllabics: ᐃᓄᐃᑦ, singular Inuk or Inuq / ᐃᓄᒃ) is a general term for a group of culturally similar indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic coasts of Alaska, the eastern islands of the Canadian Arctic, Labrador, and the ice-free coasts of Greenland. ... The red line indicates the 10°C isotherm in July, commonly used to define the Arctic region border The Arctic is the area around the Earths North Pole. ...


Inuksuit vary in shape and size, and perform a diverse array of tasks. It is a symbol with deep roots in the Inuit culture, a directional marker that signifies safety, hope and friendship. The word inuksuk means "something which acts for or performs the function of a human." The word comes from the morphemes inuk ("man") and -suk ("ersatz or substitute"). It is pronounced 'inutsuk' in Nunavik and the southern part of Baffin Island (see Inuit language phonology and phonetics for the linguistic reasons). In many of the central Nunavut dialects, it has the etymologically related name 'inuksugaq' (plural: 'inuksugait'). Ersatz is a German name (literal meaning: substitute) for products, especially chemical compounds and provisions developed in wartimes when shortage of certain goods was imminent. ... The Nunavik Region of Quebec, Canada Nunavik (ᓄᓇᕕᒃ) is a region making up the northern third of the province of Quebec, Canada. ... Baffin Island, Nunavut. ... This article makes reference primarily to the Inuktitut dialects of Canada, although it provides some discussion of other dialects. ... Motto: Nunavut Sannginivut (Inuktitut, Nunavut our strength / Our land our strength) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Iqaluit Largest city Iqaluit Commissioner Ann Meekitjuk Hanson Premier Paul Okalik (independent) Area 2,093,190 km² (1st) Land 1,936,113 km² Water 157,077 km² (7. ...

An inukshuk is shown on the flag and Coat of Arms of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, and the flag of Nunatsiavut. An inukshuk is also shown on the cover of the Rush album Test for Echo. Rush - Test for Echo album cover This work is copyrighted. ... The Flag of Nunavut was proclaimed on 1 April 1999, along with the territory of Nunavut in Canada. ... The coat of arms of the territory of Nunavut, Canada, known officially as The Arms of Her Majesty in Right of Nunavut, was granted by a warrant by Roméo LeBlanc, Governor-General of Canada, dated March 31, 1999, one day before the territory of Nunavut, Canada was created. ... Motto: Nunavut Sannginivut (Inuktitut, Nunavut our strength / Our land our strength) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Iqaluit Largest city Iqaluit Commissioner Ann Meekitjuk Hanson Premier Paul Okalik (independent) Area 2,093,190 km² (1st) Land 1,936,113 km² Water 157,077 km² (7. ... Capital Hopedale (legislative) Nain (administrative) Area Total Recognized 142,450 km² 72,520 km² Nunatsiavut is an area claimed by the Inuit in Canada - not to be confused with the territory Nunavut. ... Rush is an acclaimed Canadian progressive rock band comprising bassist/keyboardist/vocalist Geddy Lee (formerly Gary Weinrib), guitarist Alex Lifeson (real name Alexander Zivojinovic), and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart (pronounced: Peert) who released their first album in 1974. ... Test for Echo is the sixteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1996 (see 1996 in music). ...

Logo of the 2010 Winter Olympics

A structure similar to an inukshuk but meant to represent a human figure, called an inunguak ("imitation of a person"), has become widely familiar to non-Inuit. However, it is not the most common type of inukshuk and is distinguished from inuksuit in general. An inunguak forms the basis of the logo of the 2010 Winter Olympics designed by Vancouver artist Elena Rivera MacGregor; its use in this context has been controversial, both among the Inuit and the First Nations of British Columbia. Although the design is under question, it is widely acknowledged that it pays tribute to the inukshuk that stands at Vancouver's English Bay, which was created by artisan Alvin Kanak of Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories (which is now in the territory of Nunavut that separated from the Northwest Territories in 1999.) It was given as a gift to the city for the 1986 World Exposition. The land has since been donated to the city and it is now a protected site. Friendship and the welcoming of the world are the meanings of both the English Bay structure and the 2010 Winter Olympics emblem, with Kanak's creation having the additional represenation of the strength of his people and the modes of communication and technology before modern Canada. Image File history File links 250px-Vancouver_2010_final. ... Image File history File links 250px-Vancouver_2010_final. ... The 2010 Winter Olympics, known formally as the XXI Olympic Winter Games, will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... The 2010 Winter Olympics, known formally as the XXI Olympic Winter Games, will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Members of Parliament Libby Davies, Ujjal Dosanjh, David Emerson, Hedy Fry, Stephen Owen Members of the Legislative Assembly Gordon Campbell, David Chudnovsky, Adrian Dix, Colin Hansen, Jenny Kwan, Lorne Mayencourt, Wally Oppal, Gregor Robertson, Shane Simpson, Carole Taylor Mayor Larry Campbell City Manager Judy Rogers Governing Body Vancouver City Council... Motto: None Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Yellowknife Largest city Yellowknife Commissioner Tony Whitford Premier Joe Handley (Consensus government - no party affiliations) Area 1,346,106 km² (3rd) Land 1,183,085 km² Water 163,021 km² (12. ... Motto: Nunavut Sannginivut (Inuktitut, Nunavut our strength / Our land our strength) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Iqaluit Largest city Iqaluit Commissioner Ann Meekitjuk Hanson Premier Paul Okalik (independent) Area 2,093,190 km² (1st) Land 1,936,113 km² Water 157,077 km² (7. ... Motto: None Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Yellowknife Largest city Yellowknife Commissioner Tony Whitford Premier Joe Handley (Consensus government - no party affiliations) Area 1,346,106 km² (3rd) Land 1,183,085 km² Water 163,021 km² (12. ... (Redirected from 1986 World Exposition) Expo 86 logo The 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication, or simply Expo 86, was a Worlds Fair held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada during the summer of 1986. ... The 2010 Winter Olympics, known formally as the XXI Olympic Winter Games, will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ...


See also

A cairn to mark the way along a glacier A cairn is a manmade pile of stones. ... A stupa in Tibet A stupa (from the Sanskrit) is a type of Buddhist structure found across the Indian subcontinent and Asia. ...

External link

  • Places of Power - essay and photographs of inuksuit
  • Vancouver 2010 - Olympic Games Emblem
  • CBC News - Vancouver Olympic emblem comes under fire
  • Inukshuk Pictures

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Inukshuk (938 words)
The Inukshuk (pronounced IN-OOK-SHOOK) meaning "in the image of man", are magnificent lifelike figures of stone which were erected by the Inuit people and are unique to the Canadian Arctic.
The Inukshuk are a symbol of the human spirit.
Inukshuks found in natural settings are created from rock gathered in the immediate area, and reflect the characteristics of the surrounding land forms.
The Canadian Encyclopedia (286 words)
Inukshuk (singular), meaning "likeness of a person" in Inuktitut (the Inuit language) is a stone figure made by the Inuit.
An inukshuk can be small or large, a single rock, several rocks balanced on each other, round boulders or flat.
Inukshuk in the form of human beings, called inunnguaq, seem to have been a recent development, perhaps only appearing after the arrival of European whalers in the 19th century.
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