Three Kinngait Elders have recorded Inuktitut songs that are more than 1,000 years old through record label Hitmakerz.

The project, titled Inngiusituqait, was released Nov. 4.

Unilingual Elders Masuriaq Qavianaqtuliaq, Novalinga Kinguatsiak, and Ujjualuk Etidloie performed while fellow Elder Annie Petaulassie, who came up with the idea to make recordings, acted as host.

“All four Elders were born on the land and remember what life was like before the arrival of Qallunaat (“white people”),” Hitmakerz stated in a news release.

The title of the album means “traditional songs” in the Inuit language.

“The Inngiusituqait project was created to ensure that these songs – preserved for centuries through oral traditions – were recorded by their original speakers before becoming lost in time,” according to Hitmakerz.

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Petaulassie, a residential school survivor and former teacher, “envisioned the project as educational material, easily accessible for anyone wanting to understand traditional Inuit life or learn Inuktitut.”

The recordings will be heavily promoted on social media in an effort to capture the attention of Inuit youth.

Kinngait residents translated the songs, although some lyrics couldn’t be translated directly because there is no equivalent in other languages, Hitmakerz stated.

Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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  1. It would be impossible to tell if the songs were 1000 years old. They did not have written language or a calendars. So, they just told you they were 1000 years old? This is the worse trash journalism I have ever seen. You can’t just make up an age based on nothing but the ramblings of old geezers.You need some kind of imperial evidence.

  2. How can you know these songs are a 1000 years old??? Did you carbon date the songs??? There is no written record. You just take there word for it? You need evidence for these kind of claims.