Oct 14 2012

Inukshuk

Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

At the base of the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, there is a stone inukshuk. I love that these sculptures keep popping up in less than traditional, and unexpected, areas. The one at Lester B. Pearson Airport always lets me know when I am truly home.

In the background you can see the construction currently in progress for the Aquarium that is being built.

\"Inukshuk\"

For those who don\’t know about inukshuks, the following is from Wikipedia:

An inuksuk (plural inuksuit) [1] (from the Inuktitut: ᐃᓄᒃᓱᒃ, plural ᐃᓄᒃᓱᐃᑦ; alternatively inukshuk in English[2] or inukhuk in Inuinnaqtun[3]) 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. 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 [4] or as a food cache.[5] The Inupiat in northern Alaska used inuksuit to assist in the herding of caribou into contained areas for slaughter.[6] Varying in shape and size, the inuksuit have longtime roots in the Inuit culture.

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