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The Eskimos of Hudson Bay and Alaska

Various Artists
The Eskimos of Hudson Bay and Alaska

The barren region ranging from Siberia across Alaska and Canada into Greenland presents a constant struggle for survival for the people of the Far North who call it home. Their music includes dance songs, hunting songs, game songs, animal calls, animal stories, and story songs. Most have no instrumental accompaniment. Laura Boulton (1899–1980), an American ethnomusicologist who recorded the music on this album, studied music all around the world, from Africa and Eastern Europe to the South Pacific and the Arctic Circle.

Track Listing

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Johnnie Bull Song Polly, Atitah, Mikusha, and Billy Boy 3:07
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His first hunt Kemukserar and Pangatkar 2:08
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All songs have been exhausted Naitok and Issaluk 2:55
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Hunting for musk ox Kemukserar and Pangatkar 3:34
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Hunting seals Kemukserar and Pangatkar 3:06
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I sing about a dance Uluyok and Tutinar 2:40
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Before we came to this religion Eevaloo 1:59
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Girls' game Angutnak and Matee 2:51
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Children's game Kasugat and Ishmatuk 1:50
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Bird imitations Harry Gibbons 0:27
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Imitations of walrus Harry Gibbons 2:55
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Animal stories Kemukserar and Pangatkar 3:18
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Hunting song Ashivoo 2:51
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Dance songs: I am lonesome; When I feel like singing, I sing; I am waiting for the boat to come; Jumping Skin song; I will show you the way; It was a very lovely day when the water was calm Joe Sikvayunak 4:29
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Story songs: Boy resting by the river; Nooneedle bird; Man who was not a good hunter Otis Ahkivigak 1:46
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Dance song Joe Sikvayunak, Otis Ahkivigak and Jonas Oyoowak 1:01
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Inviting-in dance song Otis Ahkivigak 0:49
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Dance song Leo Kaleak and Group 1:05
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Dance song Otis Ahkivigak 1:31
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