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Yes, cultural appropriation can happen within the Indigenous community and yes, we should be debating it – CBC

by ahnationtalk on May 20, 2019183 Views

Inuit artists who spoke on the issue were characterized as “bringing us back a few steps”

May 20, 2019

For decades, Indigenous artists and arts administrators have worked tirelessly to make room for and hold up Indigenous creativity. So, it is difficult — or at least uncomfortable — to say anything that might tarnish that work in any regard. But, this year’s Indigenous Music Awards (IMAs), held Friday in Winnipeg, presented challenges that both Indigenous and mainstream media found hard to ignore.

This year, a Cree artist’s work was nominated for Best Folk Album. The artist — Connie LeGrande, who performs as Cikwes — characterized some tracks on the album as throat-singing, and it is this claim garnered the attention of musicians in the Inuit music community, several of whom decided to boycott the awards. (The award ended up going to Beatrice Deer for her album “My All To You.”)

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