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Inuit Inngiusingit: A Collection of Inuit Choral Music II

by (author) Dr Mary Piercey-Lewis

illustrated by Sydney Barnes

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
May 2022
General, Folk & Traditional, Choral
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2022
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Inuit Inngiusingit: A Collection of Inuit Choral Music II is a practical music educational tool centred around choral singing in Inuktitut. This performance-based songbook is perfect for classroom students (ages eight and above) and the teachers who guide them. Through active participation, students develop as expressive musicians and experience the thrill of musical and cultural discovery through artistic performance.
This songbook includes contemporary and traditional Inuit music from Canada’s Arctic region. Inuit popular music from Susan Aglukark and The Jerry Cans, Inuit folk music from Looee Arreak and The Uvagut Band, and traditional Inuit a-ja-ja songs and throat songs are part of this collection.

About the authors

Dr. Mary Piercey—Lewis has a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her doctoral research explored how the Inuit of Arviat, Nunavut, use their musical practices to negotiate what it means to be inummariit—"real Inuit"—in response to massive socio—cultural changes.Dr. Piercey—Lewis has lived and taught music in Nunavut for over fifteen years. First, she taught at Qitiqliq High School in Arviat. In 2001 she founded the Arviat Imngitingit community choir, a mixed—voiced group specializing in traditional and contemporary Inuit music originating from the Kivalliq region of Nunavut. This choir travelled extensively throughout Canada and sang at festivals, such as Festival 500: Sharing the Voices, held in St. John's, Newfoundland. Dr. Piercey—Lewis presently lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut, where she teaches music at Inuksuk High School. Her teaching strategies incorporate a premise of music education as social justice: a means to promote social activism. She is an Inuit music education consultant with many agencies, where she works with multicultural teams (which include tradition bearers, Inuit singer songwriters, drum makers, throat singers, and storytellers) who are working together to produce and implement music education curricula and programs that promote Inuit identity, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, youth leadership, and social activism through the study and performance of music. She writes choral arrangements of Inuit songs for her choir, the Inuksuk Drum Dancers. Several of these arrangements can be heard on the choir's first compact disc, Inuksuk Qilaujjaqtiit: Inuit Choral Music, produced by Chris Coleman at Nuvu Music.

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Sydney Barnes is an illustrator and graphic designer with a life-long passion for books. She holds a Master of Publishing degree from Simon Fraser University and runs a freelance design business called SJBarnes Design. For more information, visit

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