A Peace Garden Solution for Harsh Climates - Inukshuk
Can't grow a garden in your climate ?
How about an Inukshuk?
In the high arctic of northern Canada, planting a traditional garden presents a problem. If you have similar problems in your part of the world, maybe an "Inukshuk" or other sculptures will be the answer. Alternately, maybe you can include an Inukshuk in your traditional garden setting. The Ontario Parks Association displayed Inukshuk Peace Gardens at some of their events in 1998.
The Inukshuk (pronounced IN-OOK-SHOOK) meaning "in the image of man", are magnificent lifelike figures of stone which were erected by the Inuit throughout the Millennia. They stand along Canada's most northern shores, and are unique to the Canadian arctic.
These meaningful messengers are believed to have first been used as scarecrows. Used also as directional markers on the treeless horizon, they guided those who followed by pointing the way back to the Arctic Ocean. These powerful stone cairns are as equally worthy of the recognition and admiration that is bestowed upon England's Stonehenge, the stone faces of Easter Island and the pyramids. Now as we move into the third Milennium, they stand as eternal symbols of leadership, encouraging the importance of friendship, and reminding us of our dependence on one another.
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