“It Sounds Like Demons Are Coming Out of Her:” A Conversation with Tanya Tagaq – Thump

When it came time to find an interviewer to talk to Tanya Tagaq about her latest record, Retribution, there was no better choice than Joseph Boyden.

The award-winning Ontario-born, New Orleans-based novelist is longtime friends with the Inuk experimental throat singer—who has collaborated with the likes of Björk, Faith No More’s Mike Patton, Fucked Up, and others—while both their work addresses Indigenous issues across the country, past and present. In 2014, they even worked together on a ballet written by Boyden called Going Home Star: Truth and Reconciliation about the Canadian residential school system (which Tagaq attended in high school), featuring music by the mother of two and the Northern Cree Singers.

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