Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Ilanaaq - Inuit Symbol, Olympics Logo, or Son of Pacman?

With more than a little curiosity, we went to the grand unveiling of the 2010 Winter Olympics logo at GM Place on April 23. As the evening went on, the logo was brought out in pieces. The parts were eventually assembled in a rather complicated process and the logo was erected for all to see on national TV.

My first thought was, "It looks like an inukshuk. What does that have to do with Vancouver?" My second thought was, "It looks like an inukshuk with a Pacman head? What does Pacman have to do with the Olympics?"

I don't think the logo is unattractive. I just don't see how it's appropriate. The closest authentic inukshuk is thousands of miles away. Perhaps an Alberta oil derrick or a Saskatchewan wheat field would have been more appropriate. How about a saguaro cactus?

Also, the name (Ilanaaq) isn't exactly catchy. I don't see it becoming a household word anytime soon. Remember everyone, it has three "A"s - not two or five. That should help a bit. We can pronounce it however we like because no one in BC is sure of the correct pronunciation anyway.

Apparently, many British Columbians agree with me. A recent poll shows that just under half of British Columbians like Ilanaaq. Someone from the Squamish First Nation even called it "an act of aggression" because it is a symbol of the Inuit, who are foreign to BC.


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