Preserving an Indigenous Language Through Music

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Hosted by Emily Fox

Jeremy Dutcher talks about trying to keep the Wolastoqey language alive through music and through a new language immersion school his family has been working to create.


 
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In 2018, Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize was awarded to Jeremy Dutcher for his album, Walastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. It fused classical music and his operatic voice with old wax cylinder recordings of the Walastoqiyik singing in their Indigenous language, Wolastoqey. There are only around 100 native speakers of Wolastoqey today. Jeremy Dutcher talks about trying to keep the language alive through music and through a new language immersion school his family has been working to create.

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