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Tukiliit

An Introduction to Inuksuit and Other Stone Figures of the North

by Norman Hallendy

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published: March 2009
ISBN:9781553654247
publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
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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.

About the Author

Norman Hallendy is an internationally recognized Arctic ethnographer and chronicler of Inuit life and landscapes. He speaks fluent Inuktitut and is affectionately known as AH-PEER-SUK-TI, which means “the inquisitive one,” by his Inuit friends on Baffin Island. His previous books include Inuksuit: Silent Messengers of the Arctic and Tukiliit: The Stone People Who Live in the Wind.

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"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."

— Canadian Newsblog

"With vivid pictures of the tukiliit and stunning geography, Hallendy explores the meaning behind the various mysterious stone figures, including inuksuit, niungvaliruk, and tunillarvik."

— Ottawa Citizen

"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."

— Times Colonist

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Tukiliit: An Introduction to Inuksuit and Other Stone Figures of the North

Tukiliit is a thorough look at the objects commonly known as inuksuit. But as Hallendy explains, the inuksuk is only one type of stone figure. Each section here describes one type. For example, “innunguaq” is a stone figure in the likeness of a person, whereas an “inuksuk” is that which acts in the capacity of a human and “sakkabluniit” are objects imbued with power. The description of each figure is followed by several pages of colour photographs with meticulous captions that elaborate on the descriptions. Information is given to show that stone figures are evident in many different cultures. A brief text in a number of different languages is given at the end of the book.

Hallendy is a renowned Arctic researcher and has received several grants and awards for his work in the north.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2009-2010.

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Silent Messengers of the Arctic
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