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Eskimo Songs from Alaska

Various Artists
Eskimo Songs from Alaska

Recorded on St Lawrence Island by Miriam C. Stryker in 1966 this album features songs from the "Yupik" Eskimos that have long occupied the Island and who live in two separate villages Savoonga and Gambell. Eskimo legend tells of the Island’s formation: "The Sea Goddess, picking up a handful of ooze from the bottom of the sea, squeezed it between her fingers, forming mountains that are part of its interesting terrain." This rugged terrain means a hard life for a people who live off the land. The songs relate through subjects such as hunting, fishing, boats, animals and the like. The lyrics are often very sparse and sometimes the song consists solely of chanted syllables. Liner notes include history of the Yupik Eskimos and song information.

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Track Listing

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Small Owl Nick Wongatilin 0:54
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102
How Much Will I Get for the Ivory Carving? Nathan Noonwook 3:08
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103
Looking for Someone Who Wants to Eskimo Dance Amos Penayak 4:35
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104
Balloon Song Nick Wongatilin 2:02
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105
Walking from Savoonga to Gambell Paul Jensen 0:55
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106
Cowboy Song John Apongalook 0:53
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107
Praise, Praise God Nick Wongatilin 1:18
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108
Helicopter Song / Second Helicopter Song Nathan Noonwook 5:17
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109
Drum Song Nick Wongatilin 2:05
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201
Like a Little Girl Laurence Kulukbon 2:52
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202
Little Indian Boy Fred Angi 2:35
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203
Indian Exhausted Fred Angi 2:04
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204
Rise Up Helicopter, Like a Bird Gambell village Eskimo singers 1:45
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205
Guitar Song John Apongalook 2:33
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206
Eskimo Rock 'n' Roll Gambell village Eskimo singers 2:47
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207
Little Cowboy Gambell village Eskimo singers 2:12
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208
Swing Your Drum Gambell village Eskimo singers 1:43
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209
I Couldn't Wait Gambell village Eskimo singers 2:00
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210
Old Song John Apongalook 2:12

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