Create Your Inukshuk Tale
Have you ever seen an Inukshuk (pronounced in-ook-shook)? An inukshuk is a collection of rocks assembled to resemble a person. Therefore, inukshuk means "likeness of a person" in Inuktitut, a language spoken by Inuit people.
The purpose of the inukshuk can vary. Some inukshuks are used to provide directions to travellers and hunters, some warn of potential danger, while others mark a place of respect.
These stone figures were made all over the world in ancient times, but the Arctic is one of the few places where they still stand.
Here is what you will need to build and remember your own inukshuk:
• Rocks of various sizes and shapes. Preference should be given to rocks with flat edges
• A notebook and pen or pencil
• Flat ground to build on
No two inukshuks are ever the same. Each one contains the imagination and message of its creator. How will your inukshuk be different? What will be the purpose of your inukshuk?
Remember, an inukshuk can last for a very long time. Take your time when answering these questions. Once you have your answers, follow the step-by-step instructions located at the right-hand side of this page to build and remember your inukshuk.
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Activity Code: AC 101-Rock Collection