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i·nuk·shuk

 (ĭ-no͝ok′sho͝ok)
n.
A cairn.

[Inuit inuk, human being + suk, something resembling, substitute (since a cairn can indicate directions or other information like a person).]

inukshuk

(ɪˈnʊkʃʊk)
n, pl inukshuks or inukshuit (ɪˈnʊkʃjuːɪt)
a stone used by the Inuit to mark a location
[from Inuktitut, literally: something in the shape of a man]
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Frequent sightings of Inuksuit are found throughout the pages, as welcome guides and figures of culture.
Inuksuit (2013) was performed by a percussion ensemble in the Vermont woods.
There are many inuksuit (plural) in Canada and Alaska.
After Operation NUNALIVUT in 2008, reporter Bruce Valpy wrote that "just as sturdy stone inuksuit mark the territory of Inuit hunters, [Rangers] David Issigaitok, Douglas Nakoolak and Pitisulaq Ukuqtunnuaq are living symbols and not so secret weapons in Canada's Arctic sovereignty strategy.
The meanings of different inuksuit (plural of inuksuk) and an Inuktitut pronunciation guide are included.
Alex Ross of The New Yorker called Inuksuit "one of the most rapturous experiences" of his listening life.
The meanings of the Inuksuit (plural of Inuksuk) shown in the book and an Inuktitut pronunciation guide are also included.
In a land where the open wings of vast horizons can leave a hiker reeling, Arctic travelers have for thousands of years used a complex and little understood series of rock markers collectively called inuksuit (inuksuk, singular) to guide them physically, and perhaps spiritually, across the open tundra.
Metis Veteran Ed Borchert from Calgary and Peter Irniq of Iqualuit, who built an inuksuit at the Juno Beach Centre as part of the Aboriginal Spiritual Journey, will also receive commendations.
The Inuit of Alaska, Arctic Canada, and Greenland use inuksuit (ih-nuk-shwit, plural) as messengers.
There is a lot to be found between the covers of Norman Hallendy's book, Inuksuit--Silent Messengers of the North, not the least of which are Hallendy's breathtaking photos of dozens of inuksuit, impressive stone constructs standing against the stark, beautiful backdrop of the Canadian Arctic.
But a visitor might also perceive the traces of long habitation if she met Inuit with a deep knowledge of the landscape, accumulated through generations of life upon it; or if she found Inuksuit - stones assembled in human-like form - that for centuries have helped northerners find their way across their homeland.