Repertoire

Nukariik performs throat singing, drum dancing with ajaja songs, and some Inuit games. Throat singing was traditionally done by women while the men were out hunting. They would face each other imiating sounds that they heard around them like nature, tools and animals. It is a friendly competition, so the one who laughs or stops first “lost” the game.

Mainly found in Nunavut, the drum was played at social and special gatherings, like the returning of the sun or feasts. The drum was played by one person while others sang ajaja songs in accompaniment.

Ajaja songs were written from and about personal experience.

Inuit games are played to demonstrate strength, endurance and flexibility.

Performances and Length

Here are samples of the different types of performances and workshops we can do, including length:

Workshop
Inuit cultural workshop: discussions about traditional and modern Inuit life, i.e., music, the land and animals, how people live, and the Inuttitut language.

Shows

45 minutes: 10 – 12 throat songs, explanation of throat singing, 5-6 drum dancing songs, audience participation (throat singing and drumming), questions and answers, and description of our clothing.

30 minutes: 8 throat songs, explanation of throat singing, 4 drum dancing songs, audience participation (throat singing), and description of our clothing.

30 minutes: Inuit games, testing strength, endurance and flexibility, and audience participation.

15 minutes: 6 throat songs, explanation of throat singing, and 2 drumming songs.

10 minutes: 8 throat songs and explanation of throat singing.

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