Group: Nukariik

Nukariik is a group of two sisters, Karin and Kathy Kettler, who work together to preserve and share Inuit culture from Canada. Their heritage is from Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik, in northern Quebec. While the members of Nukariik have lived most of their lives in southern Canada, they have developed a strong connection to their heritage and culture through their Inuit friends, Elders and family.

Nukariik enthusiastically preserves and shares Inuit culture and music through a traditional and contemporary repertoire. Through entertaining performances, Nukariik provides explanations of and demonstrates throat singing, drum dancing, ajaja songs and traditional Inuit games.

Nukariik captures the audience's attention as they try and figure out who is doing what sound. As Nukariik performs the ancient, almost-lost musical art of throat singing, audience members are mesmerized by the sounds of the wind, the saw, the mosquito, and the river, to name a few. The main question on everyone's mind is, "Doesn't that hurt your throat?"

Its uniquely beautiful art form of cultural expression draws audience members in emotionally. People are startled by Inuit throat singing's simplistic production yet complex melodies that transport them to a spiritual time and place reminiscent of the Arctic. Nukariik's shows are fun and entertaining for children of all ages, while at the same time are interactively educational by sharing a centuries old cultural art form.