Anchorage in Anchorage Borough, Alaska — The American West (Northwest)
What is this “Rock Man”?
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.
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 •
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