inuit art

Of the Northwest Territories

The inukshuk


In contemporary times thought of as a direction marker, inukshuks were more traditionally used by the Inuit for hunting caribou.  These human-like cairns were built of stone and placed in lines on the tops of hills on each side of narrow valleys.  The caribou were often deceived and would be drawn into the hunting area strategically placed at the head of the valley.


Made from local serpentine by Canadian Inuit in Iqaluit, NWT