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Canada: Music of the Inuit - The Copper Eskimo Tradition

Various Artists
Canada: Music of the Inuit - The Copper Eskimo Tradition

The Inuit of the Canadian Northwest Territories, sometimes known as Copper Eskimos, follow two seasonal social patterns: hunting with families in the summer, and gathering for trade and intense spiritual activities with large communities in the winter. Traditionally, when these groups reunited at the start of the long, dark winter, they exchanged songs. Each person is believed to be a composer and performer; each song is a gift to be reciprocated, and the sharing of songs and dances was a way to strengthen the social fabric.

Many songs on this album are about hunting, but it was forbidden to exchange songs while hunting, or even while outdoors. The Inuit believed that under an open sky, “a spirit could steal the words and by seizing the breath of the singer, rob him of his life.”

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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 again, including more than a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

101
Three connected songs Jean Oqhena / Frank Kuptana 8:18
102
Two connected songs Frank Kuptana 6:10
103
Joy Jimmy Memorana 1:01
104
The boat of the "Big Brows" Jimmy Memorana 1:09
105
My song Jimmy Memorana 0:39
106
Song of Minto inlet Jimmy Memorana 0:50
107
Two dances from the Mackenzie Delta The Mackenzie Delta drummers and dancers 1:07
108
Dance from the Mackenzie Delta The Mackenzie Delta drummers and dancers 1:02
109
Two connected songs William Qagyun, Frank Kuptana 5:29
110
I am happy Jimmy Memorana 0:52
111
Boundless joy Jimmy Memorana 0:43
112
Coffee, tea and jam Jimmy Memorana 0:54
113
Two connected songs Jean Oqhena 4:09
114
Agnes Nanogak's song Agnes Nanogak 0:40
115
Birth of earthworms Agnes Nanogak 0:56
116
The song floats up within me Jean Oqhena, William Qagyun 3:28

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