Uqausira Asiujijara

Iqaluit Inuit
Baffin Island, Nunavut      

Teacher Lead: Mary Piercey-Lewis​
Guest Artist: Nancy Mike & Andrew Morrison

Audio Production: Chris Coleman
Video Production: Vincent Desrosiers
Photo Credit: Vincent Desrosiers

Nancy Mike and Andrew Morrison are part of the highly-praised northern band The Jerry Cans, who have toured extensively across Canada, and are known for their unique mix of Inuktitut, alt-country, throat singing, and reggae.  They have been nominated for multiple national awards, and Nancy Mike is a past winner of the Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year prize at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. The Jerry Cans are currently recording their third album

Uqausira Asiujijara Lyrics

(Lyrics by Lennox Audlakiak)

I lost my talk
The talk you took away
I lost my talk
When I went to school

Ugausira asiujijara
Uqausiq pilaurtait

Iliktut uqallaliqpunga
Iliktut isumaliqpunga  (3X)
Iliktut sanaliqpunga

THROAT SINGING melody based on tune and chord progression of VERSE

Marruunnik uqausiqaqpunga
Tamainni uqaqattaqtunga
Iliktuuqtu pijunnarniqarnirsa
Iliktuuqtu pijunnarniqapnirsa


Uqausira qinirlagu (4X)
Naalagumanngilanga (Won’t you listen to me?)