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PIQSIQ

Discipline: Interdisciplinary
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English

With a style perpetually galvanized by darkness and haunting northern beauty, sisters, Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik and Kayley Inuksuk Mackay, come together to create Inuit style throat singing duo, PIQSIQ. With roots in Nunavut, the two grew up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. After years of forging hard won skill, they developed their own form blended with haunting melodies and otherworldly sounds. Approaching adulthood, they realized throat singing was not only a musical expression, but a radical act of cultural revitalization.


Performances & Workshops

NEW ARTIST for 2020-21 School Year

PIQSIQ - Inuit Games

Grade Suitability: K-12
Duration: Half Day
Capacity: Up to 3, 60 min sessions. 30 students per session.
Tech Requirements: boom mic stand
Fee Range: $895-$1345 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$850.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$850.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$950.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$950.00
Vancouver Island North
$950.00
Interior
$1,050.00
North
$1,200.00
Kootenays
$1,050.00

Inuit Games have been an integral part of Inuit survival in the Arctic for thousands of years. Each game was designed to teach participants lessons from the pillars of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, traditional Inuit values and principles, which can be directly translated as "what Inuit have always known to be true". The games help to foster physical capability as well as patience, focus, sportsmanship and fun. PIQSIQ shares some of the most popular Inuit games with students and explains the cultural significance of celebrating cultural athletics. A range of games are covered to suit a variety of capabilities, including one-foot high kick, two-foot high kick, stick games, string games, kneel jump and matchstick pull.

PIQSIQ - Inuit Throat Singing Performance

Grade Suitability: K-12
Duration: 45-60 minutes with 10 minute Q&A
Capacity: 1000
Tech Requirements: Power outlet, access to sound system, music stand
Fee Range: $795-1145 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$750.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$800.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$900.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$900.00
Vancouver Island North
$900.00
Interior
$1,000.00
North
$1,100.00
Kootenays
$1,000.00

PIQSIQ sisters, Kayley Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik, perform improvisational looping live to create a dynamic, one of a kind audience experience that blends ancient songs with modern technology to not only explore Inuit life, past and present, but also to explain the significance, history and reclamation of the Inuit cultural practice of katajjaq (throat singing).

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