Inngiusituqait means “traditional songs” in the Inuit language. The Inngiusituqait project was created to ensure these songs — preserved for centuries through oral traditions — were recorded by their original speakers before becoming lost in time. The songs on this album were recorded in Kinngait, Nunavut, by local unilingual Elders Masuriaq Qavianaqtuliaq, Novalinga Kinguatsiak, and Ujjualuk Etidloie.
The project was conceptualized and facilitated by Annie Petaulassie. All four Elders were born on the land and remember what life was like before the arrival of Qallunaat (“white people”).
A residential school survivor and former teacher, Annie envisioned the project as educational material, easily accessible for anyone wanting to understand traditional Inuit life or learn Inuktitut. Some of the lyrics could not be directly translated since comparative words do not exist in other languages.
The project was produced by Hitmakerz, an Iqaluit-based record label and social enterprise. It was filmed and directed by Aïda Maigre-Touchet. Financial support for the project was provided by the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage.
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To learn more, please go to www.inuitsongs.com.