ESKIMO SONGS AND INUIT ART

I return to my little songĀ  and patiently I sing it again above fishing holes in the ice where I stand shivering

Ningeokuluk Teevee / Pitseolak Niviaqusi
Shaman who reveals himself, 2007, lithography

The legendary avantgarde, underground and performance group THE RESIDENTS from San Francisco – which I have seen live only once in my life – deliver a true arctic feeling here with an empathic music and really insisting Eskimo songs from 1979. The identity of the members is unknown, and since their beginning, the musicians have always appeared in different masks, a real cult.

The Residents, Eskimo Songs, DVD, 2002

But I think the Arctic people should also speak here for themselves in colorful pictures, sounds and visions. The contemporary Inuit art fascinates me because of its rural and original perception. Life is difficult and not at all always romantic for them as you can see on the print hereunder. Today climate change is on the verge of destroying their icy homeland, the very future insecure and quite inpredictable.

Mary K. Okheena / Helen Klengenberg
Supplies brought At Last, limited print, 1995

Helen Kalvak, Fishing, Stonecut, 1975

Traditional Inuit throat singing by Cathy Keknek and Janet Aglukkaq
which reminded me very much to the Mongolian singing of same kind