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What is this “Rock Man”?

 
 
What is this “Rock Man”? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, September 1, 2013
1. What is this “Rock Man”? Marker
Inscription. For generations the Inuit people of Northern Canada, Greenland, and Alaska have constructed these rock monuments for hunting and navigational purposes. Our inuksuk is a giant version based on similar monuments found throughout the Arctic.

Inuksuk or Inunnguaq?
An “inuksuk” is usually constructed from un-worked rocks and used for marking a location or communicating directions.

Some inuksuk have been built to resemble people and are given the name inunnguaq. Most of these have been built in the last century by native and non-native people. Our 19 foot inuksuk is one such example.

What purpose did they serve?
During winter months on the featureless arctic plains, the inuksuk became an invaluable tool for survival.

Similar to the street signs of modern day, the Inuit people have used the inuksuit as guides and directional markers for generations. One could easily explain a particular route to travelers by describing the inuksuit they would see along the way. Food caches, settlements, and hunting grounds were also marked with these monuments.
 
Location. 61° 10.364′ N, 149° 51.78′ W. Marker is in Anchorage, Alaska, in Anchorage Borough. Marker is on Juneau St. Click for map.
What is this “Rock Man”? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, September 1, 2013
2. What is this “Rock Man”? Marker
The marker is located next to a 19 foot inuksuk at the southern edge of the Alaska Wild Berry Products parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5225 Juneau Street, Anchorage AK 99518, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Captain James Cook (approx. 3.5 miles away); Resolution Park 1776 / 1778 (approx. 3.5 miles away); Anchorage Aloft! (approx. 4.2 miles away); Tsunami! (approx. 4.3 miles away); Turnagain Heights Slide (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Earth Did Quake (approx. 4.3 miles away); Measuring the Magnitude of Damage (approx. 4.3 miles away); Raven the Creator (approx. 6.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Anchorage.
 
Also see . . .
1. Inuit. Source: Wikipedia (Submitted on October 20, 2013, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. Inuksuk. Source: Wikipedia (Submitted on October 20, 2013, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
“Rock Man” - 19 foot inuksuk image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, September 1, 2013
3. “Rock Man” - 19 foot inuksuk
“Rock Man” - 19 foot inuksuk image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, September 1, 2013
4. “Rock Man” - 19 foot inuksuk
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 442 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on , by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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