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Wednesday, May 18 • 9:00am - 1:00pm
(Tour) Katajjaniq (throat singing) FILLING UP

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Focusing on the cultural practice of katajjaniq (throat singing), as practiced by the Nunavik Inuit of Northern Quebec, this tour displays the methods that combine to strengthen the preservation and living knowledge of a popular activity. Throat singing is an example of current cultural preservation issues – the practice was recognized by the Quebec Government in 2014, when it was assigned the first intangible cultural heritage status under the Cultural Heritage Law adopted in 2011. This tour will view the Nunavik Inuit Art Collection, housed at the Montreal Museum Society’s climate-controlled building. This facility is shared as a storage warehouse with other institutions of the 41-member society. Here, stone carvings, prints, and ethnographic objects will be viewed, illustrating their ability to provide perspective on throat singing. The Nunavik Arts Secretariat will provide information about the support it provides to keep the practice alive, such as grants, artistic residencies, and support for artist workspace. Attendees will be able to experience and enjoy a demonstration of throat singing, sharing the contemporary practice that continues today. In the archives and documentation centre, historical documents, Inuit oral history recordings, anthropological archives, historical photographs, publications about Inuit culture and the Nunavik region, and audio and visual material will give attendees perspective on the timeline of throat singing from past to present. An archaeological perspective will also be represented, discussing how sites and archaeological materials help inform educational and training activities. This exciting tour invites attendees to learn more about the varying aspects of conservation that can affect the preservation of intangible cultural heritage.

Wednesday May 18, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm EDT
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