Inuit ‎– Inuit Throat And Harp Songs, Eskimo Women's Music Of Povungnituk

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Throat Songs
A1a Alasi Alasuak* Introduction
A1b Nellie Nungak & Alaci Tulaugak* Little Dog 2:56
A2 Alaci Tulaugak* & Nellie Nungak Sound Of Wind 2:17
A3 Lucy Amarualik & Alaci Tulaugak* Song Of Northern Lights 1:33
A4 Lucy Amarualik & Alaci Tulaugak* Song Of Sea Shore 1:29
A5 Lucy Amarualik & Mary Sivuarapik Throat Singing Contest 3:52
A6 Nellie Nungak & Mary Sivuarapik Sound Of A River 2:21
A7 Alasi Alasuak* & Nellie Nungak Sound Of A Goose 1:54
A8 Lucy Amarualik & Mary Sivuarapik Sound Of A Cooking Seal Flipper 1:56
A9 Nellie Nungak & Mary Sivuarapik Planing The Runners Of A Kamutik 3:14
A10 Alasi Alasuak* & Nellie Nungak Story Of A Goose 1:56
A11 Nellie Nungak & Mary Sivuarapik Mother Singing A Baby To Sleep On Her Back 2:34
B1 Nellie Nungak & Mary Sivuarapik People From Different Places Singing 1:38
B2 Lucy Amarualik & Alaci Tulaugak* Sound Of Panting Dogs 2:41
B3 Lucy Amarualik & Alaci Tulaugak* Song Of Sea Weed 1:52
B4 Alasi Alasuak*, Nellie Nungak, Mary Sivuarapik , & Alaci Tulaugak* Song Of A Name (For A Boy) 1:40
B5 Alasi Alasuak*, Nellie Nungak, Mary Sivuarapik , & Alaci Tulaugak* Song Of A Little Girl 1:44
B6 Alasi Alasuak*, Nellie Nungak, Mary Sivuarapik , & Alaci Tulaugak* Song About The World 1:39
Mouth Harp Songs
B7 Alasi Alasuak* Song About A Thumb 1:46
B8 Alasi Alasuak* Song Of A Three Stringed Fiddle 1:36
B9 Alasi Alasuak* Are You Shivering? 1:24
B10 Alasi Alasuak* Look Where Somebody Slept 1:02
B11 Alasi Alasuak* My Hands Are Cold 1:01
B12 Alasi Alasuak* Song For A Little Baby 1:05
B13 Alasi Alasuak* She Thinks She Is The Only Daughter 1:22
B14 Alasi Alasuak* Contest Between Men / A Second Challenge, Song Of Wind 1:47
B15 Alasi Alasuak* Song Game Of A Blindfolded Person 1:07
B16 Alasi Alasuak* Song For A Baby 1:13



This recording presents the katadjait, or throat songs, of the women of Povungituk, a village on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay in the Canadian Arctic. Katadjait are duets performed by women who stand close together to produce gutteral vocal sounds through voice manipulation and breathing techniques.

In some communities katadjait have texts with intelligible meanings; elsewhere "meaningless" syllables are used. The women perform standing face to face, normally in pairs (although occasionally a group of four women perform together). The Povungituk katadjait do not have meaningful texts, but the unintelligible syllables known as "vocables".

Enclosed is a booklet with photographs and commentary on each song, and a history of Throat Singing and Inuit Jew's Harp in English, Inuktitut and French.



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June 18, 2011
Absolutely fantastic and awe-inspiring melodies on this compilation; they bring one to the shores of the Hudson Bay, where all traces of meaningless nationhood and materialism dissolve, where petty boundaries between us and them, me and him/her, crumble, leaving only the human being and the environment around him/her, and the natural music created thereof. The women of Povungnituk have taught me more than just how to adapt a seemingly boring piece of anatomy to the music of angels, they have taught me how to live a happy, raw life, in touch with nature.