Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq Loudly Combats Indigenous Stereotypes – LinkTV

Tanya Tagaq — celebrated Inuit throat singer, recording artist, and Inuk advocate — loudly confronts Indigenous stereotypes and erasure. This is particularly audible in “Nanook of the North,” her bold re-working of Robert Flaherty’s 1922 film of the same name. In a wry artistic twist, Tagaq uses as her springboard a film that contains and conveys stereotypes of indigeneity and portrays indigenous people as silent relics of the past. “In America and in Canada, people see indigenous culture as a dead one: the brave dead Indian with the headdress, the happy-go-lucky Eskimo. But we’re still here,” she says. This message will ring through Los Angeles when Tagaq brings “Nanook” to The Broad this fall. This piece — much like Kara Walker’s beautiful and disturbing silhouettes on permanent display inside the museum — artfully recalls the turbulent past and present of race relations on this continent. Enticing, unnerving, and utterly compelling, Tagaq’s music consistently delivers.

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