Friday, December 31, 2010

Inukshuk - Black and White Weekend

A small Inukshuk I received as Christmas present
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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. The traditional meaning of the inukshuk is "Someone was here" or "You are on the right path." 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. 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.

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Sources: Wikkipedia, James Marsh - The Canadian Encyclopedia, Norman Hallendy – Inuksuit: the Silent Messengers

Wishing you all a peaceful and happy New Year.

15 comments:

Susan said...

Amazing photograph and informative post! Thanks for posting!

Dragonstar said...

What a great gift to receive. It's so attractive. Thanks for explaining about inuksuit.

Happy New Year!

Carver said...

That's a wonderful gift and very interesting learning about it. Happy New Year!

Woody said...

It's nice to start off the new year learning something ... New! Very cool how the rocks are stacked to resemble a human figure. Great monochrome!

Dimple said...

Fascinating! Thanks for the lesson--I have seen similar creations, although those I recall were stacks rather than representations of the human form, but I never knew what they were.

Dave said...

excellent arrangement and tonal range.

Happy New Year

T. Becque said...

Very nice! And what a great gift!

Leovi said...

A real beauty with this beautiful photo composition with stones. Happy 2011 and happy decade 2011-2020. My best wishes. Leovi.

LauraX said...

this is beautiful!!! Thank you for your explanation, I love learning new things (especially about old things!)

Happy New Year:)

Martina Cardemyr said...

Happy new foto year!

Larry D said...

Interesting post, great photo!

Lachezar said...

Just fantastic!
Thanks for sharing and best wishes for a New Year full of wonders!

Henrietta said...

Now I'm a vice woman, I didn't know anything about that, thank you.

REJEN said...

Interesting facts about the stones...Very beatyful shot...Happy new year

Karen said...

Thanks for dropping in everyone.