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Jeremy Dutcher’s Innovative ‘Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa’ Is Really About the Future –

by ahnationtalk on April 16, 2018187 Views

Apr 16, 2018

On his innovative debut album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, Jeremy Dutcher combines his classical music background — he’s a trained operatic tenor — with traditional songs from Wolastoq First Nation communities that were recorded over 100 years ago and preserved on wax cylinders at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC.

In his fourth year of studies at Dalhousie in Halifax, NS, Dutcher switched from music into anthropology in order to do field research in his community (he’s from the Tobique First Nation, one of six Wolastoqiyik or Maliseet Nation reserves in New Brunswick); it was during these interviews that Dutcher’s elder, Maggie Paul, whom he has known since childhood, planted the idea to visit the archives and learn traditional Wolastoqiyik songs. “I talked to her about how she experienced music growing up in the community,” Dutcher says, “but also the work she did reclaiming it.”

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