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“It’s a Conscious Effort to Keep Us Impoverished”: Tanya Tagaq on Indigenous Issues Right Now – Flare

by ahnationtalk on August 10, 201748 Views

The Inuk throat singer—known for her fearless advocacy and haunting sound—talked to FLARE about the realities of living as an Indigenous person today

Aug 10, 2017

Tanya Tagaq isn’t shy. The Inuk throat singer from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, passionately speaks out about the issues facing many Indigenous people—including the nation’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and the environmental impacts of colonialism—both in her art and activism.

Her Twitter account is a place where she is frequently vocal. It’s a mix of 140-character quips—”I’ve had people say my career success depends on my weight. To that I say a great big f-ck you and raise you a bag of s&v chips in cheers”—and commentary on the state of Canada: “Not only are Indigenous people forced to shoulder the burden of colonialism; we are expected to celebrate it. #Canada150.” But it’s also a place where she receives a lot of backlash. Tagaq is a defender of the Inuit seal hunt, and after she posted a photo of her baby daughter next to a dead seal on Twitter in 2014, she received an array of online harassment and even death threats.

Read More: http://www.flare.com/culture/tanya-tagaq/

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