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In Inuktitk (the language of the Inuits). INUKSHUK means “the one who looks like a person”. In general, an INUKSHUK is build of stone so as to resemble a human being.

Several funstions can be granted to an INUKSHUK, namely: bench mark, identification of a hiding place with food, helps at the time of huting for the caribous. One finds, in the Far North, INUKSHUIIT (plural of inukshuk) whose erection was made approximately in the year 1000.  The INUKSHUK is also reproduced on the Nunavut flag.  Inukshul (Ilanaq) was the symbol of the Winter Olympics held in Vancouver 2010.  On the international scene, the INUKSHUK represents as much Canada as the maple leaf.  For today’s Inuits, Inushuk is used as a sign of friendship, of mutual aid and solidarity.


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Stone sculptures

During the construction of an Inukshuk, Inuits uses small stones to maintain in balance the larger stones.  For its part, at time of construction of Inukshuk, Claude Roussel uses a white of clear matter, which can represent the layers of snow or ice that an Inuit could use at time of the construction certain Inukshuiit. 

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Wood sculptures

During the construction of wood Inukshuk, Claude Roussel uses a wood-burning technique. This technique consists in burning a part of wood so that a drawing of the Inukshuk appears with lines raging from dark brown to almost black.

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