Chukchi

Russian Far North: The Chukchi

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The Chukchi are an almost unknown minority of the Russian far north, living above the Arctic circle who are slowly disappearing, as are their neighbors, the 25 other people of this area. There are around 15,000 people. As most people leaving in the far north, either in Russia, Canada, or even Scandinavia, they are shamanistic people, leaving close to nature and their songs reflect that. And, as most of them, they sometimes accompany their songs only with a hand drum they call yarar. The Chukchi also have a form of throat singing which is generally sung by woman and which represents the breathing of the reindeer in the tundra. These sounds are peculiar to the Chukchi. This CD is a marvelous homage to a disappearing culture. This is quite surely the only CD existing of Chukchi music.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:00
2 0:55
3 0:52
4
1:14
5 1:07
6 0:46
7 1:48
8 2:26
9 0:51
10 0:47
11 0:40
12 2:37
13 2:05
14 1:40
15 2:30
16 3:08
17 1:05
18 1:53
19 0:20
20 0:29
21 0:35
22 1:28
23 0:40
24 1:57
25 0:56
26 0:34
27
1:43
28 1:30
29 1:16
30 0:52
31 0:44
32 0:46
33 0:54
34 0:52
35 0:52
36 0:35
37 0:35
38 0:48
39 0:30
40 1:24
41 0:56
42 0:51
43 1:02
44 0:52
45 0:50
46 0:52
47 1:33
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