Siksik means Arctic marmot in Inuktitut.
Sik-sik ... sik-sik ... Around an Arctic town, the Arctic marmot, or ground squirrel, double-clicks its Inuit name all summer long. When you turn your head to have a look, the marmot is usually standing on its hind legs, like its cousin the prairie dog, staring right back at you. Since they often burrow on hillsides or around rocks, when silhouetted on a hilltop, they look just like miniature inukshuit (singular, inukshuk), the human-shaped stone monuments that Inuit people make to aid them in navigation.
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