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Meet A Tribe Called Red's secret weapon: the pow wow dancers electrifying their shows

Angela Miracle Gladue and Matthew Wood talk hip hop, regalia and why pow wow dancing in clubs is important.

'The dance and the good medicine should be brought to everywhere, even places like clubs'

Angela Miracle Gladue and Matthew Wood talk hip hop, regalia and why pow wow dancing in clubs is important. 4:04

Angela Miracle Gladue (a.k.a. Lunacee) and Matthew Wood (a.k.a. Creeasian) are the Indigenous dancers that take centre stage at A Tribe Called Red's high energy live shows. In full regalia, they light up the crowd and don't stop moving until everybody else has run out of steam. They're both from Alberta, and they agree that bringing their dance to all the venues they can is vital — not only to showcase the traditions of all the nations but for what it brings back to them, the faces they see in the audience.

In this video, you'll get to know both of the dancers as they talk about how they got their start, why their regalia is so important and how it feels to be on stage at one of ATCR's concerts. (Fun fact: Gladue was off stage for a while after this piece to have a baby! And it was only a few weeks before she was back on her very quick feet.)

(CBC Arts)

See A Tribe Called Red perform in multiple cities across Canada from November 30 to January 20. Look for tickets here and follow the band here. And you can keep up with Gladue here and Wood here.

Watch CBC Arts: Exhibitionists on Friday nights at 12:30am (1am NT) and Sundays at 3:30pm (4pm NT) on CBC Television.

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April Aliermo

April Aliermo is a Filipinx-Canadian musician, songwriter, entrepreneur and educator based out of Toronto. She plays bass and co-writes music and lyrics for Hooded Fang and Phèdre. She strives to build conscious communities while having the time of her life.