First Nations bands Piqsiq and A Tribe Called Red and throat singer Tanya Tagaq are among those protesting this year’s Indigenous Music Awards in Canada. They’re speaking out over recognition of Cree musician, Cikwes, who uses a singing style similar to Inuit throat singing. Some Inuit musicians are calling for Inuit representation on the Indigenous Music Awards board. We’ll explore some of the boundaries and contradictions of utilizing art forms and traditions.
Nikki Komaksiutiksak (Inuit) – throat singer
Janet Rogers – poet and media artist and ex-radio host and producer
Niigaan Sinclair (Anishinaabe) – associate professor at the University of Manitoba and columnist at the Win Free Press
Michael Yellowbird (Arikara and Hidatsa) – professor of sociology and director of tribal and indigenous peoples studies at North Dakota State University
Break 1 Music: Mewasin Oma (song) Cree Confederation (artist) Kihtawasoh Wapakwani-Beautiful Flower (album)
Break 2 Music: Canoe Song (song) Chenoa (artist) Spirit of Salishan (album)