Norman Hallendy's An Intimate Wilderness can be read as a sequel to Inuksuit
, his earlier book on the significance of Inuit rock structures called inuksuit
is the plural of an inuksuk, which is a man-made stone landmark used by the Inuit and other peoples of the Arctic for navigation, travel routes, hunting grounds, and memorials.
Frequent sightings of Inuksuit
are found throughout the pages, as welcome guides and figures of culture.
(2013) was performed by a percussion ensemble in the Vermont woods.
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.
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.
Evidence of ancient human lifeways in silent landscapes inevitably raises questions, and many of the questions that have given life to this paper were formed in solitary observation of inuksuit
on tundra, or standing stones on heaths; of caribou on rocky ridges or deer silhouetted against the sky and of reflections in tidal pools around a common ocean.
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.
We'll backpack the classic Baffin Island route and see the tallest rock wall on Earth (Thor Peak), touch glaciers, hear waterfalls, experience the Arctic Circle summer, feel and smell ocean winds, follow inuksuit
(trail markers), and learn about Inuit culture.
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.