Monday, November 21, 2011

What is an Inukshuk?

The Inukshuk is a familiar sight on the vast Arctic landscape.  These mysterious stone figures come in different forms for a variety of purposes: as a navigational or directional aid; to mark a place of respect or memorial for a beloved person; or where food can be found.

They were built by the Inuit as guideposts to make the easier & safer for those who follow.  It took many hands and the co-operation of the entire group to construct these massive stone structures.  Each stone is a separate entity but each supports the one above and the one below it.  No single piece is any more or less important then the rest. 

The Inukshuk embodies the spirit and persistence of the Inuit who live and flourish in Northern Canada, one of the world's harshest environments.  They symbolize what the focused action of a group, with a concensous of purpose, can achieve.

Finely crafted pewter Inukshuk pendants are now available from Jasper Moon in three different styles....

Stylized Inukshuk, with Gem

Stylized Inukshuk, without Gem

Primitive Inukshuk

Each pendant is hand-cast & individually finished by a Canadian artisan in Ontario.  The photos don't do them justice.  I love them all but still can't decide which one is my favourite.  Which one do you like best?

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