The origin of the Inukshuk is uniquely Canadian and an iconic symbol of the Inuit. Prism Patch's Canadian Landscapes & Symbols Collection would not be complete without one.
Inukshuk, the singular of inuksuit, means “in the likeness of a human” in the Inuit language. They were a tool of survival and a symbol of unselfish acts of the Inuit people. The Inukshuk traditionally symbolizes co-operation, balance and unselfishness; the idea that teaching and group effort is greater than individual effort. Each stone is a separate entity, yet each supports, and is supported by the one above and the one below it. Since every stone is unique, so is each Inukshuk, much like humans. No one piece is any more or any less important than the other. Its strength lies in its unity. Its significance comes from its meaning as a whole.
There are different kinds of Inukshuk's and they mean different things depending on how and where they are built. Traditionally, they were often used by the Inuit as navigational and sacred markers in the frozen far north. They were visible in snowy conditions and could withstand extreme weather which pointed the way to safety.
Outside of the far Canadian north you now see them across the country side. The Inukshuk has become a symbol of the Canadian spirit of friendship and community working together; when we work together, we are resilient and can achieve great things.
Materials: Art glass, copper foil, copper wire, solder, black patina, wax
Approx. Size: 15cm x 10.5m (5 5/8" x 4")