Free lecture and demonstration, Sept. 30, noon, Weis Center Lobby
Inuit throat singer, improviser and 2014 Polaris Music Prize winner Tanya Tagaq reclaims the controversial 1922 silent film classic Nanook of the North. Nanook of the North is considered the world's first major work of non-fiction filmmaking, yet it is rife with contradictions. The film portrays the lives of an Inuk family in Arctic Canada. Its director, Robert Flaherty, lived and worked with Inuit for years, but still included staged scenes of buffoonery and feigned Inuit ignorance of modern accoutrements. Tagaq, along with percussionist Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot, performs a live accompaniment to the film's silent images of life in an early 20th-century Inuit community in Northern Quebec.
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