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Research Projects

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Inuit music and musicians in Moravian Labrador

Researcher: Tom Gordon
Contact email: tgordon@mun.ca
Links: http://www.mun.ca/music/people/faculty/tgordon.php

This project seeks to document the rich legacy of music introduced by the Moravian missionaries and transformed across two centuries into an expression of the musical and spiritual identity of Labrador Inuit. In addition to telling the story of this remarkable legacy, the project will support the musicians who keep this tradition and those who wish to rescue it where it is falling out of use. The project also seeks to provide support for those who are assuming a role of stewardship for the evolving music practices in Nunatsiavut communities.

Consultations with the Labrador-based leadership in the Moravian church and with heritage groups in the communities with strong Moravian histories continue to shape the ways in which this project develops. We are providing encouragement and training to musicians in Labrador who are currently responsible for brass bands and choirs, but also those who are interested in acquiring the skills to participate. Performance and documentation projects are developed in consultation with community members with examples including the soon to be launch CD Imgigusit | Trumpet Hymns with Karrie Obed and the monthly stories about Inuit musicians from the past that are being broadcast on OKâlaKatiget's IlliniaKatigennik.