Throat singing is a traditional game among Inuit women. Taqralik Partridge and Nina Segalowitz explain it here in its interlocking style
When I was a kid, we used to see throat singing on TV. Although I lived in Nunavik, an Inuit region in northern Quebec, there was nobody in the community who still knew how to throat sing and it was not widely practised. So, we children used to pretend to throat sing and make weird sounds because there was nobody to teach us how to do it. Then, when I was at university in Montreal, I was lucky enough to have a friend who knew how to do it and I just thought I would give it a try. I wanted to learn throat singing to fulfil a childhood aspiration and Nina wanted to learn it because she was searching for different ways to connect with Inuit culture, from which she was completely cut off when growing up.
NS: It's also a way for us to show the contemporary and traditional sides of our lives, that we can do traditional activities and have traditional knowledge and language and yet also be contemporary in our lifestyle, where we live, what we eat and how we see the world. Throat singing is for me a way to bridge two worlds.
For more on the subject, see Inuit Throat Songs as Ringtones and Eskimos: The Ultimate Aborigines.
Below: Inuit throat-singers Taqralik Partridge and Nina Segalowitz. (Nachammai Raman)