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Gritt: “Igluvut” is like a love song for igloos. It's basically a song about “igluvut,” which is “our home,” in Inuktitut. “Walk across the ice with me/ we'll take our little family” ... it's kind of this story of travelling with your family and the igloo is a snow home and it's interesting how it can be such a temporary thing but it can be such a beautiful home that can shelter you.

Ayalik: Yeah. As nomadic people, your home is who are around you and if you're moving every couple of days, or every season you move somewhere else, this idea that your home isn't a building ... it isn't necessarily the structure, but it's who's around you and how do we feel safe and loved wherever we go.

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Igluvut

Walk across the ice with me
We'll take our little family
Tundra, taiga, journey far
Guided by the northern star
Walk across the ice with me

With your strong hands and my strength too
We lay each block and set it true
Spiral, curve and tap to lock
Our house stands proud, snow turns to rock
With your strong hands and my strength too

(Chorus)
Making Shelter as we go
Stronger than the wind we know
Making Shelter as we go
Stronger than the wind we know

The dome, the womb holds life with care
Through storms that taunt or weather fair
Emerge and squint at day so bright
When tired we rest by qulliq light
The dome, the womb holds life with care

It's time to leave, it's time to roam
We leave this house but take our home
What once held life now just a shell
We say goodbye and wish it well
It's time to leave, it's time to roam

Chorus

Please stay standing stout and true
For tired legs that might pass through
Give them peace and warmth, a place to live
Who knew snow had so much to give?
Who knew snow had so much to give?
Who knew snow had so much to give?

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from Shelter as we go​.​.​., released July 7, 2017

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Quantum Tangle Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Fusing of old-world sounds and new-world flair, the Juno Award-winning group Quantum Tangle is embracing their blended background. Combining their talents of throat singing, haunting melodies and traditional legends, Grey Gritt and Tiffany Ayalik are excited to present pieces that look back through history to challenge, educate and encourage the next generation to be socially aware. ... more

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