Inukshuk 4000

Artist: Billy Markosak (Merkosak)
Region: Pond Inlet
Material: Whale Bone
Dimensions:

Height: 22.75″
Width: 15″
Depth: 6.75″

In the Inuit Culture masks are mainly used for dancing in religious ceremonies or festivals. They were performed for the enjoyment of both onlooker and performer. The masks themselves were made of spruce or cottonwood and carved with metal tools. In the Inuit culture masks had a great amount of meaning.

The Inukshuk symbolizes safety, hope and friendship. The also represent team work which is why it was used as the symbol of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. These stone sculptures are placed throughout the Arctic acting as helpers to the Inuit. They are an important point of reference, a marker for hunting grounds and denote a food cache.

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