Irniq built inuksu at Eiteljorg

Peter Irniq
Photo and story by Kerry Davis

Peter Irniq (Inuit), stands next to an inuksuk he built on the front lawn of the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis last year.

Though commonly spelled “inukshuk” in English, the people of the Nunavut territory of Canada have reverted to the traditional spelling of these stone markers that had many uses historically.

When one looked through the window formed at the top and lined up their sight on the small stack to the right, it would “point” to a location good for seal hunting, finding caribou or a cache of food. 

Inuksuk vary in size and shape, and have deep roots in the Inuit culture.

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