This is my entry for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter I – Needs to start with the letter I.
Inukshuk aka Inuksuk:
What is an Inukshuk? It was used by the Inuit and means “One that looks like a person”. Some of its uses were to direct others to places, hunting grounds, or mark a spiritual place. Today, we see them everywhere.
We were doing a favour for a friend of a builder and saw all these wonderful things made from wood and stone. I mentioned how beautiful they were and the woman told me her husband had a high stress job so he made them as a form of a creative outlet. Then she said I could take one. I chose this Inukshuk.
For anyone interested in learning more about this:
I could not publish today without mentioning the death of Gord Downie from the band Tragically Hip who was a Canadian icon. He had an inoperable brain tumor and spent what time he had left promoting awareness about the (Quote from his site) “dark part of Canada’s history – the long-supressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the residential school system – with the hope of starting our country on a road to reconciliation.”
He wrote a book and music album about this called “Secret Path” that can be viewed here. <—-Edited to go to a video that works! Well worth the click.
A touching moment:
Let us all make sure his efforts are not in vain.
RIP, Gord. You will be missed.
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