Inuit ‎– Musiques Et Chants Inuit (Eskimo Point Et Rankin Inlet)

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I. Eskimo Point
A. Personal Songs (Ajajait)
1 Song Of Issumatarjuark
Composed By – IssumatarjuarkPerformer [Drum Dancer] – Issumatarjuark (2)
4:07
2 Song Of Issumatarjuark
Composed By – IssumatarjuarkVocals – Alice Suluk, Donald Suluk
3:37
3 Song Of Donald Suluk
Vocals – Alice SulukVocals, Composed By – Donald Suluk
4:12
4 Song Of Joe Qerquq
Composed By – Joe QerquqVocals – Anita Ubluak, Elizabeth Nanook, Issumatarjuark (2)
3:16
5 Song Of Naujark
Composed By – NaujarkRecorded By [1914] – Christian LedenVocals – Margaret Ujauperk
1:04
6 Song Of Naujark
Composed By – NaujarkVocals – Margaret Ujauperk
0:25
7 Song Of Irkloryuatnaq
Composed By – IrkloryuatnaqRecorded By [1914] – Christian LedenVocals – Alilutsiak
0:52
8 Song Of Irkloryuatnaq
Composed By – IrkloryuatnaqVocals – Margulene Oonerk
1:22
B. Animal Songs (Nariutit Pisirk)
9 Wolf Song
Vocals – Cathy Howmik
0:21
10 Fox Song
Vocals – Cathy Howmik
0:17
11 Goose Song
Vocals – Cathy Howmik
0:57
12 Goose Song
Vocals – Alice Suluk, Eva Arruak
2:31
13 Loon Song
Vocals – Alice Suluk
1:12
C. Vocal Games
A) Qiaqpaaq
14 Untitled
Performer – Cathy Howmik
0:55
15 Untitled
Performer – Margaret Ujauperk, Nahainaq Ulimanii*
1:50
16 Untitled
Performer – Martha Attaluk
1:22
17 Untitled
Performer – Anita Ubluak, Issumatarjuark (2)
1:00
18 Untitled
Performer – Angmak, Anita Ubluak
1:08
19 Untitled
Performer – Pameok, Poapa
1:49
20 Untitled
Performer – Elizabeth Nanook, Margulene Oonerk
1:14
B) Niaquinaq
21 Untitled
Performer – Margaret Ujauperk, Nahainaq Ulimanii*
0:39
22 Untitled
Performer – Angmak, A. Ubluak*, E. Nanook*, Issumatarjuark (2)
1:32
D. New Styles
23 Jew's Harp
Performer [Ikerpaluut] – Eva Nutaraluk
0:51
24 Song Of Ch. Panigoniak
Composed By, Guitar, Vocals – Charlie Panigoniak
2:27
II. Rankin Inlet
A. Personal Songs (Ajajait)
25 Song Of Qilaq
Composed By – QilakPerformer [Drum Dancer] – Naingayuk SubgutVocals – Theresa Kimmaliardjuk
1:23
26 Song Of Qilaq
Performer [Drum Dancer] – Mathew KurokVocals – Theresa Kimmaliardjuk
7:47
27 Song Of Ussak
Vocals – Leo Ussak
2:35
28 Song Of Kavik
Vocals – Tautungi Qabluitoq
1:23
29 Song Of Angutituak
Vocals – Angutituak
3:13
30 Song Of Utuqaq
Vocals – Maani Ulujuk
3:20
B. Imported Music
31 Brother John (Maani Ulujuk Public School) 1:33
32 Square Dance Music
Accordion [Nipjaqtitaq] – Theresa Kimmaliardjuk
2:59
33 Religious Song (Pentecostal Community)
Conductor – Marjorie TugakVoice [Preacher], Vocals, Guitar – David Aglukark
3:32

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The songs were recorded in Rankin Inlet and in Eskimo Point in 1975, 1976 and 1977.
Master tapes: Secteur électroacoustique, Faculté de musique, Université de Montréal.

©℗ 1990 UMMUS

<i><b>A. Personal Songs (Ajajait)</b>
The drum dance is a most significant mode of social interaction among Inuit and a privileged symbol of their cultural identity.
In the Central Arctic, drumming and dancing take place simultaneously with the singing of a personal song by the women's chorus. These personal songs provide the key to understanding the personality (inua) of the dancer; they talk about the dancer's life and are identified with his name and his soul. The stanzas (Tainirk) of the songs are closed by a refrain (Kimmik).

<b>B. Animal Songs (Nariutit Pisirk)</b>
Animal songs are part of an anonymous repertoire. They make use of onomatopoeic sounds in imitation of the animals they portray in the story. Their formal structure is free. Inuit of the Central Arctic believe that birds and animals share the souls of their respective species.

<b>C. Vocal Games</b>
Vocal games are particular to the Inuit. They are usually performed by two women facing each other very closely or with both heads underneath a kitchen pot wich functions as a resonator. The game consists of the repetition of words without (known) meaning in a kind of tight rhythmic "canon" where the strong accents of one voice coincide with the weak accents of the other. Vocal treatments include alternation of breathing in and out, of voiced and voiceless articulations, of sound placement in the chest, throat and nose areas and of changing registers.

The game is over when one of the partners is incapable of following the changing patterns proposed for imitation and, thus, loses the competition.

Vocal games are found under different names in th Eastern and the Central Arctic. In Eskimo Point they are called Qiaqpaa.

The Niaquinaq is a vocal game whose performance, associated with hand gesture, may precede a Qiaqpaa. Its text is sometimes used for didactic purposes: "The head (niqi) and the brain (karetak) keep us alive".</i>

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