World | Inukshuk

Learn all about Inukshuk stone structures.


Part 1 | About Inukshuk

What is it?

What is it used for?

Where can you find them?

Do we have anything like this?

Part 2 | Make Your Own Inukshuk


2020 Cubs Meeting Collage

Part 3 | Badges


World Challenge

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Part 1 | About Inukshuk ⭱

What is it? ⭱

An inuksuk or inukshuk is a manmade stone landmark used by the Inuit peoples in northern Canada.

It is a figure made of piled stones or boulders constructed to communicate with humans throughout the Arctic.

The term "inuksuk" means "to act in the capacity of a human."

It is an extension of the word inuk meaning "a human being."

It looks like this:-

As you can see, it has legs and arms!

What is it used for? ⭱

They were often used navigation, as a point of reference, a marker for travel routes, fishing places, camps, hunting grounds, or places of worship.

They might even have been used to mark places where food has been stored.

You can find out more here:-

They are particularly useful for navigation in the snow; a tall pile of stones will stand above the snow line, like a sign-post: someone pointing the way and letting you know that a human has been here before, so you don't feel so lonely.

Where can you find them? ⭱

They are made by the Inuit, who live in northern Canada and Greenland.

In particular, the Canadian region of Nunavut.


You can see that the region's flag is based on the Inuksuk.

Do we have anything like this? ⭱

In the UK we have similar things to mark paths, called CAIRNS.

You can see them (and add to them) when you go for a walk in the Peak District.

If you ever go hiking with the Scouts, you will see them

It is also good manners to maintain them when you go past (add a stone or two).

They help you to stay safe, by showing the way when all you can see is snow.

Here is one from the Peak District:-

Part 2 | Make Your Own Inukshuk ⭱

Activity ⭱

Why not have a go at making your own Inukshuk, and telling a story about how a lost explorer used stones to be found or find their way home.

Get some safe objects together to make your Inukshuk: books; folders; cereal boxes; card board boxes.

You should say what your Inuksuk will mark (e.g. a secret store of chocolate biscuits!).

Here is one I made earlier for example, which you can see I have balanced a cup on!

2020 Cubs Meeting Collage ⭱

Here is a collage from our 2020 cubs meeting.

Part 3 | Badges ⭱

International ⭱

International Badge

"3. Explore another country’s traditions and culture around food and eating. What time do they eat? How do they eat? How do they sit? What do they eat?"

World Challenge ⭱

World Badge

"4. Find out about a faith or culture you are not familiar with. You could visit a place of worship or a cultural centre in your local community."

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This page was created by Julian Turner, Section Assistant Leader, Falcon Pack, 1st Ripley Scouts, Derbyshire, UK.

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