There is a fascinating history in Nunatsiavut that goes back in time to the Moravian missionaries who travelled to Labrador from Europe centuries ago. They brought violins, cellos, trumpets, horns, and more. They also brought manuscripts of the music of famous German composers such as Handel and Haydn, as well as lesser-known composers of the Moravian faith. The Labrador Inuit learned to play various instruments of the orchestra, translated the lyrics into Inuktitut, and sang some of this beautiful music in 4-part harmonies at church each week. The Inuit made it their own.
Deantha Edmunds-Ramsay is an Inuit singer from Nunatsiavut, Labrador.