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Singing the ancestors

Posted by SOSA Webteam on March 11, 2018 in News

Operatic tenor and musician Jeremy Dutcher, who graduated from Dalhousie with Combined Honours in Social Anthropology and Music in 2013, has recorded a remarakable album, coming out soon: Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa'(Our Maliseet Songs).

In an interview for CBC Radio's Unreserved, Dutcher, who is from the Tobique First Nation, explained how a conversation with elder Maggie Paul planted the seed for the album. She pointed Dutcher to a collection of wax cylinder recordings of Maliseet songs and conversation made by an anthropologist in 1911, now housed in the archives of the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau. Dutcher went to listen to the recordings, and has combined the original sounds with his own voice and music to make a spine-tingling blend of old and new. As well as offering captivating music, this project helps preserve the highly endangered language of the Wolostoq people.   

Jeremy Dutcher wrote his Honours thesis in Social Anthropology on 'Traditional Music in a Contemporary Moment: Musical Pan-Indigeneity as Revitalization in the Wabanaki Region'.

You can find out more about Jeremy Dutcher's musical working process on his website.