Matt Lenkiewicz

Mysterious Rockford stone figure identified

February 19, 2010 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Many readers submitted entries in The Rockford Squire newspaper’s February 4 contest that asked for the correct identification of a pictured stone figure. Of the many entries received by the paper, 13 very intelligent and industrious people correctly identified the stone figure. Not only did they identify the figure, they also correctly answered two additional tiebreaker questions. As per the contest rules, if there were multiple entries with all three questions correctly answered, the winner was to be determined by a random drawing. Leta Holloway of Cannon Township was the lucky winner of a $50 gift certificate to the downtown Rockford bistro-style eatery, Grill One Eleven. Holloway, an art teacher at both Belmont and Parkside elementary schools, tells us that she knew immediately when she saw the contest picture that the picture was that of an Inukshuk. She knew this because currently she is teaching art lessons that are using the 2010 Winter Olympics as a subject. Inukshuk play an important role in this year’s Olympic Winter Games hosted by Vancouver, B.C. in Canada. Holloway, a regular Squire reader, was thrilled with her prize and said, “My husband Donald and I will treat ourselves to a special Valentine’s Day celebration.” For the uninitiated, an Inukshuk is a stone landmark or cairn built by the aboriginal people of the First Nations native tribes of the Arctic regions of North America. Some built in the form representing a human figure are known also as an Inunnguaq. Inukshuk vary in size and shape and many have endured for 3,000 years. They served many purposes such as landmarks for navigating the barren Arctic tundra, as markers for hunting grounds, or to identify a food cache, to name a few. They are symbols of survival. The first of two tiebreaker questions asked, “Where on the globe are the objects most commonly seen?” While they are common in British Columbia, Canada, in general, they are considerably more numerous above the Arctic Circle from Alaska eastward through the northern territories of Canada to Newfoundland and Iceland. The final tiebreaker question asked the significance of the object at this time in 2010. Exhibiting strong deductive reasoning skills and awareness of all of the hoopla leading up to the […]