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We’re all on life’s long journey, and for many of us it gets tougher and more unsure as we get closer to the end. Many of us will seek spiritual guidance and reassurance just as the Inuit people sought from each inukshuk. These stone people were placed and built as way-finding objects and spiritual booster shots.
The traditional meaning of the inukshuk itself is “Someone was here” or “You are on the right path” or “Someone has gone before.” But there are other, more sacred intentions as well. One may mark a place of respect, or mark a memory of a loved one, or even lead people to food and shelter. Many become so venerated that destruction of any inukshuk is forbidden by Inuit tradition.
Inukshuks aren’t about the end of the trail. They’re all about the journey. A favorite inukshuk is a welcome sight to a traveler on an unfamiliar and forbidding path. My hope for the StoneyBrook Inukshuks is to symbolize the need for physical direction as well as spiritual guidance. Sometimes we have a rough road. We need to hear and see that, “Someone has gone before us. It will be ok.”
– Darwin Wolf, Sculptor