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Labradorite Inukshuk. Artist: Nathaniel Noel
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Height: 10 cm
Width: 8.5 cm
Depth: 6.5 cm
Inukshuk translated means “likeness of a person”. These stone markers were built by Inuit travellers to guide them across the treeless tundra of the Canadian arctic. Giving very specific directions designated by the longer (pointing) arm, they showed the traveller “the best way to go”. Inukshuit (plural) were also used together and placed on high ground to channel caribou herds to locations where they could be easily hunted.
HAND CRAFTED IN NEWFOUNDLAND
The charm of this fascinating mineral may be overlooked if not viewed from the right direction . One may see a play of colors referred to as “Labradorescence”. Colors may range from blues and violets to greens, oranges and even reds. These colors are caused by the way white light is refracted (separated) inside the crystals. This particular stone is referred to as “Emerald Pearl” and is famous worldwide to its use in the ornamental stone industry.
Nathaniel Thomas Noel is a Newfoundland Sculptor and Geologist. He sculpts using many local stones including soapstone from the island. As a Geologist he has worked in many parts of northern Canada where he has enjoyed living and learning about its unique climate and people.
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