Our neighbour took advantage of the hard pack snow that was created after the last blizzard to build an ice inuksuk. The snow has been perfectly blown and compacted by the wind that all he had to do was carve out the blocks to be able to put together the inuksuk. This is the same type of snow that you would need to build an igloo – snow with enough structural strength to be cut and stacked appropriately.
Inuksuit (plural for inuksuk) are structures that are found throughout the Arctic circle from Alaska all the way to Greenland and built by the people in the Arctic regions. Inuksuit can come in different forms and is usually a stone landmark or cairn that was built for a variety of purposes; from being used for navigation, as a point of reference, a marker for travel routes,fishing spots, camps, hunting grounds, to mark a food cache or to mark an important location such as a place of respect, a memorial for a beloved one or a place of veneration. In my travels around Nunavut, most of the communities have at least one or two Inuksuit but I have to say that so far Igloolik has the most impressive ones I’ve seen in size and in number.
Today, inuksuit continue to serve as an Inuit cultural symbol and increasingly serving as a mainstream Canadian symbol. It is shown on the flag and coat of arms for the Nunavut territory. Markers have been erected throughout Canada, used as the mascot logo for the 2010 Winter Olympics and even donated by the Canadian government to other countries. ~ Sophia