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Art Is Our Language: Inside the Indigenous Renaissance with Jeremy Dutcher and Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Exclaim!

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 201862 Views

Dec 05, 2018

“I don’t know what renaissance means. But the thought that I had when [Jeremy Dutcher] said that was, ‘We are here. We need to deliver a message to the people. That’s how I feel. And the message is love, the message is music. The message is we have been here ever since time began and we were here when you came. We welcomed you and we’re still here today, and we’re singing for you.'”

Maggie Paul, a Passamaquoddy Elder living in St. Mary’s, NB, is speaking over the phone about Jeremy Dutcher’s triumphant moment winning the 2018 Polaris Music Prize for his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. Paul is a beloved knowledge keeper in the Atlantic First Nations community, and she’s known — and mentored — Dutcher since he was a child.

“You can’t talk about Indigenous music in the East coast without talking to Maggie Paul,” Dutcher says. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

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