In our eighth episode, the great oral tradition of our Indigenous cultures thrives in 21st century song.
Here on the west coast, our traditional songs are like a cry, a prayer, or a declaration of intent. In our modern songs, storytelling also plays an important part in the expression of Indigenous people.
Ostwelve talks with three singer-songwriters about their personal journeys and what they share through song.
Cree artist Eden Fineday recalls when she learned it’s in her blood – that her desire to write music comes from a long line of storytellers in her clan. Cree singer-songwriter and sideman Jason Burnstick describes the surge of energy he feels when connecting through music, and Mohawk/Cree musician Kait Angus who, after growing up not seeing Indigenous role models in music, talks about becoming an artist that young girls in Native communities could look up to.
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