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An inuksuk, also called an inukhuk or inukshuk, is a stone cairn or landmark used by the Inuit, Inupiat, Kalaallit, Yupik, and other indigenous people of North America (predominantly Northern Canada and the US state of Alaska).

Usage and structure

The most recognizable inuksuk are those that are “human shaped”, typically consisting of 2 base stones (legs), a pile of stones on top of the base with a large stone spanning across the pile and jutting out like arms or—as some have suggested—a Christian cross, and another small pile of stones on top. There is debate over whether or not this design developed before or after the arrival of European missionaries and colonists. However, there are also simpler inuksuk that can be a single upright stone, or a small pile of stones very similar to a cairn. In any case, it’s thought that, given the size of some of these constructions, that the building of an inuksuk was a communal effort.

Inuksuk vary widely in usage, and this is likely because the peoples lived (and still live) close to the Arctic Circle, which lacks natural landmarks, so it would only make sense that they would have to develop landmarks of their own in order to navigate, assign travel routes, signify safe camp sites, hunting grounds, fishing grounds, or demark a food cache. The Inupiat, for example, even used them as drift fences for hunting, and to assist in herding caribou.


The word inuksuk derives from two words, inuk meaning “person” and –suk which roughly means “substitute,” some combined it can be taken to literally mean “in human likeness.”  That said, it’s a word with many contexts, and in the context of seeing a literal inuksuk it takes on the addition meaning of “someone was here” or, perhaps more accurately given their usage “you are on the right path.”

Modern Incarnations and Historical Sites

The Inuksuk has become something of an official symbol of Canada in more modern times. Markers have been built throughout the country and used as logos for various events ranging from World Youth Day to The 1986 World Transportation Expo to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games held in Vancouver. And several historical and modern inuksuk have been donated to other countries by Canada as a gesture of peace and friendship. And of course it is the main image on the provincial flag of Nunavut.

There is at least one major site of national historic value and importance in Canada where a collection of over 100 inuksuk located at Enukso Point on Baffin Island is federally protected as a Historic Site.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any head canons for Frank and/or frazel?

FRANK HEADCANONS (my Frazel ones can be found here :)

  • Frank will never admit to anyone (well, any American) how much he actually loves hockey
  • Frank decides that when he gets out of the Legion, he’s going to tour British Columbia and go to all the places in his province he hasn’t seen (which is a lot)
  • For the first week, new legionaries are wary around Frank until they realize that he’s a major dork and that they should be more scared of Reyna
  • When Frank first came to the Legion, he compared it to Metro Town and decided if he could survive a day of shopping in the crazy-ass busy mall, he could survive Camp Jupiter
  • It took him half a day to decide that camp was going to be a lot harder than navigating mall crowds
  • The last time Frank saw his mom was during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics when she had a week’s leave
  • Frank Zhang has a Miga backpack
  • (It’s one of the last things his mom bought him)
  • ((He held it to his chest and sobbed for hours after he learned she was dead))
  • Frank isn’t good at holding grudges
  • Americans are surprised when the listen to Frank talk and they like to tell him that he “doesn’t sound Canadian”
  • Frank tries to convince Hazel to dress up as Korra the Avatar for Halloween so that he can turn into a polar bear and go as Naga
  • Frank makes friends with the few other Canadian legionaries after the Giant War and they can spend hours scoffing and making fun of Americans (“Is that even a real form of measurement?” “According to America it is.” “I should apologize to my ninth grade science teacher and tell him I’ll never complain about the metric system again.”)

There you go anon! Hahaha I kinda got carried away but I couldn’t resist.

My other headcanons can be found here!


Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir || It was just us … Two people who shared a moment, seemingly unaware of the 30 million people sharing it with them. It was special and it was ours.