On Earth Day, Dr. Bliss from the University of Tennessee along with percussionists from around the United States performed INUKSUIT by Pulitzer Prize winning Alaskan composer John Luther Adams.
Adams gave a brief introduction before the performance. Over 30 musicians were positioned throughout the trails and overlooks of Ijams quarries. An estimated 300 attendees let their ears guide them on their musical journey. Adams won the Pulitzer for his piece Become Ocean in 2014.
An inuksuit (plural) are stones or landmark built by humans. They are found from Alaska to Greenland and are used to guide fisherman, explorers and to herd caribou.
At Enukso Point on Baffin Island, there are over 100 inuksuit. The site was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1969. For more information, visit INUKSUIT.