Avataq Cultural Institute
The ancient art of Inuit throat singing, or kattajjaq, continues to resonate across the North, thanks in part to organizations like the Avataq Cultural Institute.
In fall 2009, Avataq invited elders, mid-career and emerging singers from across the North to gather to Salluit, Quebec (Nunavik) for five days of singing and learning together. Just as a pair of throat singers alternate and echo each other’s melodies to create many layers of sound, traditional and experimental throat singers exchanged and built on each other’s knowledge.
Taqralik Partridge, an international award-winning throat singer and spoken word artist was one of the organizers and participants of the event.