On getting out of the car the other day at a favourite sitting and thinking spot beside the Atlantic ocean  and a LIGHTHOUSE . .
I was completely shocked to see the beloved rocks covered with hundreds of these man made  . . .I forget what they are called  . . .please someone send me the word . . .they are Eskimo
folklore objects left to let them know that man had been here and to follow on this route and they would find what they were looking for . .
NATURES stones here on  this piece of precious coast are to me extremely beautiful .  . .At first I was angry . . .
but on looking harder I found that I had to feel happy for the folks who created something that day . . . . their sense of joy at the shapes they made with all the stones  found here . . .
but  . . .I am still stuck wishing that nature  was enough for them to look at . . .WHY do humans have to label every place on earth with- if not  their garbage then something they think is better than nature?
I could take them all down but there are hundreds of them . . .so I just took a couple of photos . . .
no I did not leave my own mark . . . .
I went to another area of the island  . . .and happily I was relieved that it has not been touched (yet) . . . .
perhaps I am just getting cranky . . .am I the only one who prefers to LOOK at  untouched by humans nature?
THANK YOU Anonymous  for the information!I guess I better leave them there !
They are called

Inukshuk (singular), meaning "likeness of a person" in Inuktitut (the Inuit language) is a stone figure made by the Inuit. The plural is inuksuit. The Inuit make inuksuit in different forms and for different purposes: to show directions to travellers, to warn of impending danger, to mark a place of respect, or to act as helpers in the hunting of caribou. Similar stone figures were made all over the world in ancient times, but the Arctic is one of the few places where they still stand. An inukshuk can be small or large, a single rock, several rocks balanced on each other, round boulders or flat. Inuit tradition forbids the destruction of inuksuit.


  1. They are called inukshuk

  2. I believe we also call them cairns. I have seen them used by hikers to mark trails in our mountains in Northern New Mexico. I love that someone sees the art in nature; we also find them frequently along the rocks here at the beach near San Diego.


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