Heidi Selzler
Actress and throat-singer Lucy Tulugarjuk is known for the 2001 film 'Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner' and appeared in last year's acclaimed 'Maina.'

Not Your Entertainment: Throat-Singer Won't Perform for Politician


A Nunavut actress and throat-singer has declined to perform for a member of the Canadian Parliament because she is disappointed in the MP's inaction on the issue of seismic testing in Baffin Bay.

Nunatsiaq News reported on August 8 that Lucy Tulugarjuk, who is known for the 2001 film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner and appeared in last year's acclaimed Maina, says she turned down a request from a local chief to sing for MP Leona Aglukkaq during her upcoming visit to Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories.

A consortium of companies has been granted a five-year permit by Canada's National Energy Board to conduct seismic testing in Baffin Bay and the Bering Strait. Opponents say seismic testing is harmful to marine life.

"I just would not have felt comfortable performing, feeling this way," Tulugaruk said.

"People are concerned about this, not only in the Arctic but from all over the country," Jerry Natanine, mayor of Clyde River, told Nunatsiaq News. "All the support is very much appreciated and very respectful.”

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
I applaud her decision, but am sad to admit her gesture will likely go unnoticed. I know nothing of Canadian politics, but the conservative party in America would likely have made her a target for a smear campaign. Anyone remember The Dixie Chicks encounter with the Bush administration?