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With Open Arms, Vancouver Emblem Has Curious Past

25/01/2010 19:15

The emblem of the Olympic Winter Games is a colorful humanoid with arms spread wide, a contemporary interpretation of a stone landmark called an inukshuk with a history stretching back more than 3,000 years in Inuit culture.


Sitting atop the Olympic Rings, the symbol looms large on licensed merchandise and is sure to generate curiosity once the Games are under way.


An inukshuk (in-OOK-shook) is a carefully balanced pile of unworked rocks and slabs. The Inuit have built them through time to guide travelers, assist with hunts, warn of danger or indicate caches of food. A miniature version stands hip-high, with others measuring 3 to 6 feet tall (1 to 2 meters), one builder said.

This photo released by Tourism British Columbia shows an Inukshuk rock statue in the snow with a view of ski runs and mountains in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.
Get the full story at: ABCnews
Photo: Photo/Tourism British Columbia,Randy Lincks

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