Earlier today a friend sent me information on Inukshuk Cairns. Although, I've long-been fascinated with cairns in general I'd not realized that they are often constructed representing a human figure; in this case they are referred to as an Inunnguaq Cairn. The longer arm of an inunnguaq points in the direction that you should travel. Sometimes an inukshuk has a peep hole in the middle - if you look through it, another inukshuk can be seen in
Evidently I'm not the only one enchanted by these stone structures - Constructing inuksuit cairns in parks in Canada has become so widespread that in 2007 park officials issued a notice on the north shore of Ontario's Georgian Bay 'urging visitors to “stop the invasion” of inuksuit.'
Inukshuk sculpture by David Ruben Piqtoukun (photo courtesy of Wikimedia)