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Friday, December 5, 2014

Inukshuk

was a new name for me.  Lilly , a good blogger friend introduced me to this custom. Any thing pertaining to rocks is exciting to me.  Inukshuk (singular) is a custom of leaving markers/messages by natives in several countries.
We (the boys and I) built some
along the creek 
just to say, "We were here".

26 comments:

Saucy Kodz said...

I just love it when I see an Inukshuk. Several children were visiting our "Hopewell Rocks", a place where I think you would roam for days Gail. After hearing the history of the Inukshuk, they all scampered around the beach and made their own. There were approx 32 Inukshuk's on the beach.....until the tide came in and swept them away. If you go to the link, there is a video down the page a bit that shows the height of our massive tides moving in and out on the beach (time lapse video) and almost swallowing the Hopewell Rocks. Kinda Cool. I am happy to see you teaching and creating Inukshuk's. Have a wonderful day and blessings to Maria n hugz to Marcy n all.

Saucy Kodz said...

Ooops, forgot the link, ha,ha :

http://www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca/Products/T/TheHopewellRocks.aspx

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is perfect!

Sandra said...

I have seen these in several of the blogs from Europe, can't remember which, but did not know the name of it. yours look great.. and i am trying to read the message

ellen abbott said...

I love to stack rocks. unfortunately, it is not rocky here so I can only do it when I visit places with rocks.

Bethany Carson said...

Very neat!

Linda Wildenstein said...

This is one of my all time favorite things to do on a trek. But I had no idea the name of said rock statue. Now I can add another "name" to my trivial pursuit brain.
These are great and if the boys are anything like the grands....and I'm sure they are, then this will not be the only time you must stop and build the rock towers. Inukshuk it is. Now I'll go look at the link that Saucy left.
Prayers for all your fam and special ones for Maria for speedy healing.
xoxo Linda

Linda Kay said...

I'll bet the boys enjoyed this rock building. Makes me wonder if my brother and I ever left our permanent marks where we used to go along the creek back by the farm.

The Furry Gnome said...

Glad you learned about Inukshuks. I think of them as coming from northern Canada where they were used as route markers across the Arctic. We've seen quite a lot of fun ones in our travels across the country. I like yours.

Farm Girl said...

I didn't know that was what they were called, but I love them and I love the ones you built.

TexWisGirl said...

yup, i like it. i've heard that term and also 'cairns' to describe them.

LindaG said...

Awesome! Have a great day, Gail!

Michaele said...

I really like this!!

Karen S. said...

I love making these too, and my first encounter with this tradition came from Duluth, Minnesota and all the way we drove to Two Harbors. I had to learn what this was all about. I truly like what you and the boys left behind.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Around here, Inukshuks are a sign that weary travelers can stop for a meal and company. :)

Sandy said...

Gail,

An that is how you leave a calling card. Very nice!!! I like this idea :-)

Arkansas Patti said...

I have seen these before but didn't know the name. I've even left a few but had no idea that I was leaving a message. Can only hope now that I wasn't rude.

A Quiet Corner said...

We visit "our spot" every year when in Aruba...to see if the rocks are still there...:)JP

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Very cool. I am glad you had fun doing it!

Terri Buster said...

Oh yes, I love to see these. Very rare out here in the country, but I have seen them while on vacation. I did not know the name though.

Lynne said...

I really like this . . .

24 Paws of Love said...

I love rocks too! My husband and I are crazy about them. We once went to a place at the very north tip of MI to a place called Copper Harbor. We went to a little Island in Lake Superior and collected buckets and buckets of rocks to bring home. The van must have weighed at least 500 pounds more! lol

We had every size imaginable. Every part of this little island had different sized rocks, from fine almost sandlike pebbles and every size up.

I still have most of them. They are in my plants or decorating the house in some way. Though I have never stacked them. See it, but never done it. Will have to try sometime!

Magaly Guerrero said...

They are simply adorable.

My Piano Man and I get very excited when we go out hiking (okay, long walks might be more accurate) and find one of them. We like to make our own, too, and see if people will respect them. A time or three, we've gone back to a place and found that someone has built an inukshuk next to ours.

Gabriella said...

I like to see those when I walk on a trail. Now I even know what they are called. Nice photos too.

Susan Anderson said...

Very cool!

=)

DesertHen said...

The sheepherders in our area will leave them for each other! Very neat practice!

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