Canada: Inuit Games and Songs

Canada: Inuit Games and Songs

Various Artists UNES08032

From 1974 to 1976, researchers traveled to Arctic villages in Northeastern Canada to record the verbal games and songs of the Inuit people. One example, called katajjait, involves two women standing face to face, producing guttural, animal-like repetitions until someone runs out of breath and concedes in laughter. The lone instrumental track features a Jew’s harp and the tautirut (a violin-like instrument). As stated in the liner notes, this recording preserves the verbal game traditions of the Inuit and has stimulated a renewed interest in Inuit traditional culture.

This recording was supported by grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Quebec Ministry of Education, and the University Montreal.

Please enjoy a free download of the song “Illukitaaruti (Juggling Song)”

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“Inuit throat-singing”

This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Year Released 1976
Record Label UNESCO
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2014 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1976 Auvidis-UNESCO
Genre(s) World

Download Liner Notes

101 Three Katajjait from Baffin Land n/a 2:09
102 Illukitaaruti (Juggling song) from Baffin Land n/a 1:30
103 Katajjaq from Hudson Bay n/a 1:08
104 Two Katajjaq: Baffin Land / Ungava Bay n/a 1:20
105 About animals: Aqausiq (Ungava Bay) / Song accompanying a string game (Baffin Land) n/a 0:50
106 Katajjait on "hamma" and its variants: Baffin Land / Hudson Bay / Baffin Land n/a 1:37
107 Katajjait on "ulu-haa-hamma": Ungava Bay / Baffin Land n/a 1:37
108 Aqausiq from Baffin Land n/a 0:55
109 Extracts from thirteen Katajjait (Hudson Bay) n/a 6:29
110 Two Pisiit from Ungava Bay n/a 1:27
111 Imitation of the cries of geese (Baffin Land) / Katajjait with geese cries: Hudson Bay / Baffin Land n/a 2:55
112 Katajjaq from Hudson Bay n/a 2:09
113 Assalalaa from Baffin Land n/a 0:46
114 Katajjait melodies: Baffin Land / Hudson Bay / Aqausiq and Katajjait of Annahatak (Ungava Bay) / Aqausiq and Katajjait of Surpaluk (Ungava Bay) n/a 3:15
115 Brief sung narratives from Baffin Land n/a 1:53
116 Five Katajjait on "hapapa" from Baffin Land n/a 1:41
117 Shaman song (Ungava Bay) n/a 2:27
118 Katajjait sung by a solo voice: Hudson Bay / Hudson Bay / Baffin Land n/a 1:51
119 Two Aqausiit from Ungava bay n/a 1:28
120 Three Katajjait from Ungava Bay n/a 2:40
121 Instrumental pieces from Ungava Bay: Qanirvaluutik (Jew's harp) / "Now go and clean the seal skin" for violin (Tautirut) n/a 2:04
122 Two Katajjait melodies from Hudson Bay n/a 2:47
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