'Inukshuk' – Vancouver, British Columbia - Atlas Obscura

'Inukshuk'

Made of granite, this is a symbol of the Inuit peoples near water that expresses abundance.  

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In Vancouver’s English Bay, a large granite monument stands six meters tall and weighs approximately 31,500 kilograms. The statue is called Inukshuk, and it is a monumental version of a type of stone landmark built by Indigenous peoples of the North American Arctic region.

Artist Alvin Kanak said, “by a lake an Inukshuk means lots of fish.” He described the figure as a “reminder of the ingenuity of my people in addressing transportation and communications challenges prior to the introduction of modern technology.”

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The 2010 Winter Olympics, held in Vancouver, used Inukshuks as their mascot. 

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