Voices of Sapmi - Introduction to Yoik

Southwest Portland
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Oct. 24–Nov. 8, 2021
Days vary, 11:00am–12:30pm
Cost: General Admission $15 | Nordic Northwest Members $20 | Arts For All $5
8800 SW Oleson Rd
Portland, OR 97223

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What is yoik? What does it feel like to yoik? What can it reveal to us about ourselves and our world?

In this one-hour zoom class, Sapmi musician, composer, and actor Ingor Ántte Áilu Gaup, (Ailloš) will introduce us to yoiking, the traditional singing of the Sapmi people. The Sami are the indigenous people of Sapmi, which extends across Northern Scandinavia and Northwestern Russia. More than simply a “style of singing,” yoiking is an ancient practice that reflects a way of being and relating to the world that is rare in modern times.

Ailloš will demonstrate various yoiks including people, animal, and historical yoiks. He will discuss the history, as well as the uses, content, and technique of yoiks. Why does one yoik? Why are yoiks described as circular? Finally, he will offer participants a chance to try yoiking. Questions will be welcome.