A beautiful, affordable introduction to the mysterious stone figures of the North-inspiration for the 2010 Winter Olympics logo.
For centuries, Inuit and their ancestors have been building beautiful rock structures across the Arctic and subArctic. These mysterious stone figures are best known as inuksuit. But not all Inuit stone figures are inuksuit; a better general word is tukiliit (singular tukilik). In Inuktitut, this refers to all meaningful stone objects, anywhere in the world.
Tukiliit is a companion to Inuksuit, Hallendy's first book and the first serious study of these stone figures. Inuksuit sold thirty thousand copies and was copublished in the U.S. and U.K. Tukiliit ventures to Iceland, India, the Faroe Islands and the Utah desert, revealing the presence of inuksuklike figures. It features ninety allnew, stunning images of these unique objects created in ancient and recent times, alongside Hallendy's thoughtful insights into what inuksuit are, why the Inuit build them and what they can tell us about life and death in the Far North.
"With his new book Tukiliit, Norman Hallendy gives the world both a beautiful love letter about Canada's north and a better understanding of the stone figures the Inuit have been building there for centuries."
"With vivid pictures of the tukiliit and stunning geography, Hallendy explores the meaning behind the various mysterious stone figures, including inuksuit, niungvaliruk, and tunillarvik."
"Tukiliit: The Stone People Who Live in the Wind...is a photo essay on the subject of the mysterious stone figures of the North. During [Hallendy's] life's work as a senior civil servant, he travelled everywhere in the Arctic, exploring the land while forming public policy aimed at improving conditions for the Inuit. His richly evocative photographs are matched by his careful and scholarly research."