You’ve probably heard of throat singing, whether it be in the context of Tuvan throat singers, Buddhist monks, or otherwise. Last night, I had the unusual pleasure of witnessing Inuit throat singing. Video below.
The Inuit women would play throat singing games to make each other laugh while the men were out hunting. As you’ll see, they huddle close together and actually touch each other as they pulse their bodies and make the trademark gutteral sounds of throat singing. One can imagine this practice creates a feeling of familial closeness — but intimacy, as we all know, often makes us laugh. In fact, as you’ll see in the video below, sometimes it’s a competition. Whoever laughs first loses.
Annie is a guest of the Canadian Tourism Commission, but opinions, nonsense, and other notions expressed here are her own.