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Throat singing recognized as cultural heritage


For thousands of years Inuit have passed down the knowledge of their elders from generation to generation through throat singing or katajjaniq. At the end of January, Quebec’s Culture and Communications minister, Maka Kotto, recognized throat singing as its first UNESCO example of intangible cultural heritage.

Intangible Cultural Heritage as defined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) “does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants”.

Avataq Cultural Institute president Charlie Angark and Makivik Corporation president Jobie Tukkiapik accepted the honour on behalf of all Inuit of Nunavik.