Karin’s Biography

Karin Kettler first performed at the 1997 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, where she shared the stage with Susan Aglukark. Since that time, she has listened to and learned from her Inuit friends and Elders the sounds and songs of throat singing and drum dancing. She has appeared on-stage internationally performing a repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs rooted in the Inuit culture for a variety of audiences.

As a teacher in Nunavik, Karin organized several throat singing and drumming workshops, achieving her vision of bringing youth and Elders together to strengthen Inuit culture. A strong advocate of this goal, Karin was elected Chairperson of the Inuit Throat Singer’s Committee in 2001. Through video conferencing, Karin has taught youth in her mother’s home community and, like her sister, has taught Inuit cultural performing to youth in Nain, Labrador. Her work – which includes a personal song with drumming and throat singing – is featured on the Aqpik Jam ’99 CD recording.

Of Nukariik, the Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson, has said: “I’ve been all across the North, and that is the best [throat singing] I’ve heard.” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel describes the sisters’ work as “crystalline” and “mesmerizing”.

“Throat singing is our Inuit strength and reflects the culture of our people”, says Karin.

She is currently living in the Ottawa area.

Karin’s Accomplishments

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