Monday, March 29, 2010
Recycled Glass Inukshuk
The world became acquainted with the inukshuk during the 2010 Winter Olympics. It is a stone landmark or cairn built by humans to mark a place such as a trail head, hunting ground, or a food cache. The word inukshuk means "something which acts for or performs the function of a person." Many people confuse inukshuk, which can be just one stone, with inunnguaq, which is several stones places to look like a human figure. It seems that inukshuk is now used interchangeably for either type of marker.
My friend Tawna recently came to Banff, and brought me a gift from her native Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. I asked for something small I could add to my extensive collection of art and handmade goods. Tawna not only brought me something from Yellowknife but something HER MOM made! Rita Brown takes broken glass from the Yellowknife "dump" and recycles and upcycles it into beautiful inukshuks of varying sizes. If you are interested in knowing more please leave me a comment and I can contact you with Rita's email address.
On a side note, we are planning a trip to visit Tawna this summer. I can't wait! We have never been to the Northwest Territories and Yellowknife is the capital. It is always a treat to be shown around a place by natives, and Tawna is known for letting people know about her city wherever she goes. She hands out information from the tourism board on a regular basis. They really should put her on commission... I will be sure to share our trip here so stay tuned.