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Ayalik: This is the remastered version that was on our EP Tiny Hands. So we wanted to include “Tiny Hands” on this album and we wrote it about our grandmothers ... the story that went along with this one was my grandmother's this very tiny Inuk woman from Kugluktuk and she has small hands, but they're so strong and I was curious about all of the things that her hands had done and you know, she lived a very traditional lifestyle and is an epic seamstress and is a hunter and a fisher and we were curious about all four of our grandmothers who were very strong women in their own way. And what were all of the sort of non-traditional things that they did and what were the roles that they played as women in their own right. These are just questions that we have asked or wish we could've asked of our grandmothers.

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Tiny Hands

What have you seen in your short, long life?
Where did those tiny feet roam?
All the things you have done,
on top of being a wife
a daughter, a mother, a home

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What have you seen in your short long life?
What has your heart overcome?
The traditional ways that are hidden away
Can be revived by the beat of a drum


What have you seen in your short, long life?
What did those tiny hands do?
Stretching, scraping, fixing, making
Mending the skins that our souls fit within
Stitching nothing can undo

Chorus


What have you seen in your short long life
A witness to so many wrongs
Relocation, damnation, and misinformation
Summation: our nation’s still strong

What have you seen in your short long life?
When did they silence your voice?
The stories they spun made you swallow your tongue
Made you feel like it was your choice

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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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