Gangnam Canadian Inuit Style

A Gangnam Style video from the students of Nunavut Sivuniksavut, a college program based in Ottawa for Inuit youth from Nunavut. (thanks, James McCullough)


    1. It’s a shame, I enjoy the “slice of life” elements I’d probably never click on otherwise from many of these, so I just mute the track if I get too oversensitized to it :)

      1. Good to hear. I’ve literally done everything to appease the Korean gods this year. I bought a Samsung phone. I started working at a Korean school and went with the will of the people to declare Psy Person of the Year due to his efforts in “saving the world through the power of dance”. I even watched the New Year’s celebrations in Shanghai, which involved entirely too many people doing the Gangnam style dance. Can I please have some peace this year?

  1. Another frustrating thing: I couldn’t play this on the Boing Boing website because it’s blocked from playing on external sites due to a copyright claim by Sony/BMG. Even though this is clearly a derivative work, and also parody, and thus shouldn’t be subject to any such copyright restrictions.

  2. Kinda funny because Native Americans can look Korean, particularly the northern branches. This isn’t surprising since they immigrated from north east Asia where Korea broadly is. I’ve heard that the northern branches came from a immigration separate from the southern branches though I don’t know if they are more closely related to Koreans.

    1. You are, technically, correct — the Inuit were classified by the Canadian government in 1982 as distinct from both the Metis and the First Nations.

        1. They switched from using “Indian Bands” to “First Nations.”   Since Inuit weren’t “Indian bands” in the past, they shouldn’t be called “First Nations.”  

          The Inuit I know would be offended at being called that. First Nations + Inuit + Metis = Aboriginal.  Perhaps Xeni meant “Aboriginal” in the title, not knowing there’s a difference in Canada.  No harm done.

        2. Different culture, different history, different people, different relationship with outside cultures.  The French don’t like to be lumped in with Germans, Vietnamese wouldn’t like to be called Chinese.  The Scottish don’t like to be called ‘Brits’.

          Inuit really don’t like to be called Indians or First Nations because they aren’t.

    1. You know, there *is* such a thing as a search engine. “Uvva NS Style Inuktitut lyrics” comes back with , the SoundCloud page of Kelly Fraser, who appears to have made this originally for her Inuktitut class.

      Also, as a general remark, while I certainly understand the “ok, enough already with Gangam Style” feeling, this is by far one of the more charming projects, and I’m glad I saw the Nunavut kids. It’s a unique, but tough life experience growing up at the northern edges of the world, figuring out ones place between Western society, education, roots & culture. A lot more interesting to see these guys than the ones from MIT, however slick and star-studded their version.

      1. Indeed there are several. Doesn’t change the facts that a) a link would be nice and b) people who reply to genuine comments with variations of “just google it” are dickbags.

        1. Hrm. a) I provided a link, and b) do think that a minimum of effort is just good manners. Call me a dickbag if it makes you feel better, but you won’t change the fact I’m thinking of you as a rude navel-gazer who thinks the world is there to serve your every whim.

  3. … and in other First Nation’s news: 

    The Wild Fire of Idle No More

    Please get to know about this…

    Naomi Klein writes:

    ” … the time for bitching and moaning is over. Now is the time to act, to stand strong and unbending for the people, places and principles that we love.

    … the Idle No More movement – its name at once a firm commitment to the future, while at the same time a gentle self-criticism of the past. We did sit idly by, but no more.

    During this season of light and magic, something truly magical is spreading. There are round dances by the dollar stores. There are drums drowning out muzak in shopping malls. There are eagle feathers upstaging the fake Santas. The people whose land our founders stole and whose culture they tried to stamp out are rising up, hungry for justice. Canada’s roots are showing. And these roots will make us all stand stronger.”

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