Inuit performer Tanya Tagaq at Diker Pavilion in New York, NY. Special Performance: Sunday, March 3 at 2pm. National Museum of the American Indian in New York.
Tanya Tagaq and Nanook of the North
Inuit performer Tanya Tagaq has refashioned traditional Inuit throat singing into her highly contemporary sound. She returns to the NMAI performing an original composition scoring the screening of Robert Flaherty’s iconic silent film, Nanook of the North. The film itself was a breakthrough in its day, confronting the imagined remote life of the Inuit with a picture of one man living a full life with his family. Over the years it has been reinterpreted through the use of sound, from full orchestras to original scores for chamber music performance. NY premiere of this full production.
National Museum of the American Indian in New York website.
**The Inuit are indigenous people living in the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada, the United States and Russia. Inuit is a plural noun because the singular is Inuk. The Inuit languages are classified in the Eskimo-Aleut family.
In the United States, the term Eskimo is commonly used in reference to these people. It includes both of Alaska’s Yupik and Inupiat groupss while ‘Inuit’ is not proper or accepted as a term for the Inupiat. No collective term exists for both peoples other than Eskimo. But natives in Greenland and Canada view the name as pejorative and ‘Inuit’ has become more popular. In Canada, sections 25 and 35 of the Constitution Act of 1982 named the ‘Inuit’ as a distinctive group of aboriginal Canadians who are not included under either the First Nations or the Métis.
Definitely, a great show! If you have the chance, don’t miss it!