Tanya Tagaq.

Descriptive and fascinating report of Tanya’s performance.

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I had heard her name before, I read articles about her Polaris prize winning performance and interviews where she seemed confident and proud. I thought about watching the video of said performance as I heard it was incredibly powerful.

But I am going to be honest and say that throat singing is not something I have ever been interested in. I have heard it before and I have understood its relationship to culture and the land. Aboriginal peoples form distinct nations with their own practices, songs, languages and art. Just because I am Native does not mean that I automatically identify with the cultural practices of other Nations. I thought because I did not like the throat singing I had heard before, that I wouldn’t like Tanya’s music.

Tanya performed two sold out shows at the Chan Centre in Vancouver with Severn Suzuki. Severn is someone a lot of us…

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