Eskimo Songs from Alaska

Eskimo Songs from Alaska

produced by Charles Hofmann, fl. 1966 (Folkways Records, 1966), 44 mins

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Field of Interest
American Music
Description

Recorded on St Lawrence Island by Miriam C. Stryker in 1966 this album features songs from the "Yupik" Eskimos that have long occupied the Island and who live in two separate villages Savoonga and Gambell. Eskimo legend tells of the Island’s formation: "The Sea Goddess, picking up a handful of ooze from the bottom of the sea, squeezed it between her fingers, forming mountains that are part of its interesting terrain." This rugged terrain means a hard life for a people who live off the land. The songs relate through subjects such as hunting, fishing, boats, animals and the like. The lyrics are often very sparse and sometimes the song consists solely of chanted syllables. Liner notes include history of the Yupik Eskimos and song information.

Content Type
Music recording
Duration
44 mins
Format
Audio
Sub Genre
American Indian, Song
Label
Folkways Records
Producer
Charles Hofmann, fl. 1966
Release Date
1966
Subject
American Music, World Music, Music & Performing Arts, American Studies, American Folk Music, United States and Canada, Música Folklórica Norteamericana, Folk Music Norte-Americana, Estados Unidos y Canadá, Estados Unidos e Canadá, United States
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Música Folklórica Norteamericana, Folk Music Norte-Americana, Estados Unidos y Canadá, Estados Unidos e Canadá

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