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Various - Inuit Drum Dances Of Western Arctic flac album

Various - Inuit Drum Dances Of Western Arctic flac album Performer: Various
Title: Inuit Drum Dances Of Western Arctic
MP3 album: 1279 mb
FLAC album: 1914 mb
Rating: 4.4
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Genre: Folk / World music

The Inuit and the Danish peoples of Greenland have both maintained their distinct styles of folk music. Country-wide folk traditions included storytelling, which declined greatly after the introduction of the South Greenland Printing Press in 1857. Traditional music which has best survived European contact can be found in the east and northeast of the island. It includes sacred drum dances played on an oval drum made of a wooden frame with a bear-bladder on top. Drum dances are the "only truly indigenous music" in Greenland, and are part of a roots revival in modern times.

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The Inuit lived in an area comprising a large part of northern Earth, including Northern Canada. Parts of the Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, Quebec and Labrador were settled by the first peoples of the Canadian Arctic. The Inuit believed in animism: all living and non-living things had a spirit. That included people, animals, inanimate objects, and forces of nature. When a spirit died, it continued living in a different world- the spirit world. The only people who had enough power to control the spirits were the powerful religious leaders called the Shamans or 'Angakoks'

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In the late 1930s, 17-year-old Canadian David Jansson agrees to spend two years at an isolated fur-trading post with his estranged father, Per Jansson, manager for the Hudson's Bay Company. and almost lives to regret it. (Teens - Adults). Here the Netsilik stories of explorers Roald Amundsen and Sir John Franklin abound, and the festivities of the drum dances for occasions, including the arrival of the supply ship, relieve the tedium of time and the ravages of weather. As the two become reacquainted, David’s favorable boyhood memories of his dad are shattered as Per, fueled by contraband whiskey and rum, becomes increasingly abusive to his so.

When Zinour dances (as in the video circulating), he is careful to explain that his dance is his own modern interpretation of aspects of Inuit culture and dance and drumming rather than a representation of traditional Inuit dance and drumming. When we throat sing, we are clear that this is our own version of it and a demonstration. An ambassador of the Inuit culture' Gayle writes that Zinour was mentored by an unnamed Siberian shaman and was given permission to use a Shaman's drum for performance and teaching purposes. Speaking to CBC News, Gayle elaborated.


A1 Dance depicts Kitigaluit Village at mouth of Mackenzie River NWT 1:05
A2 Dancers swirl and stamp about difficulties on river bank 1:20
A3 Celebration at dark times of year. Shake arms, stamp feet, think of good times ahead. 2:05
A4 Early morning on the land. Trapper wakens but decides to rest. Dancers stretch groan of such laziness. 1:35
B1 See ducks on the lake! They preen skip and soar. Dancers imitate motions. 1:40
B2 Hunter angry about his first musket-loading rifle. Aims, misfires. Motions of smashing musket against rocks. 2:35
B3 Prize seal caught. Dance rendered with motions of hauling, lifting to cadence of caribou skin drum. 2:25


  • Narrator – Billy Day


"Introduced and explained by Billy Day"

Service du Quebec Nordique
Societe Radio - Canada
CBC Northern Quebec Service

Timings taken from labels.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: (Side 1) QCS-1459-A
  • Matrix / Runout: (Side 2) QCS-1459-B