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The need for landmarks

The need for landmarks

As I strolled through a small art gallery recently, I saw on a shelf some wonderful little inukshuks. In an instant, I found myself back in the early 1990s, when I was a lay missionary in the Canadian Arctic.

An “Inuk – shuk” resembles a human figure. I couldn’t help but think that our world needs landmarks; the inukshuk is one.

 credit-photo-france-page(Crédit photo: France Pagé)

Inuit put inukshuks in strategic places, especially to mark the path of the caribou herds and direct them to a cul-de-sac, where hunting would be easier. At other times, these rock sculptures help people find their way.

Winter and summer, they are there, within sight along the way. We need points of reference to know how to move forward in this vast and at times confusing world, but also to discover what is essential and what endures.

Guylain Prince