Tanya Tagaq is a Polaris Prize and Juno-winning Inuk singer from Nunavut. Her music mixes traditional Inuit throat singing with modern pop and alternative sounds. Her debut book, Split Tooth, is a mix of memoir and fiction about a young girl growing up in Nunavut with the wonders of the natural world juxtaposed with the issues her community is facing.
Split Tooth was on the longlist for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Books by Tanya Tagaq
Tanya Tagaq has spent her career "hiding" behind her music, but with her new project, Split Tooth, which mixes fiction and memoir, she's more exposed than ever. 19:01 Whether it's through comic books, music, or literature, Indigenous artists are finding their voice. This week on Unreserved, how Indigenous artists are reinforcing the presence of their own stories and characters in creative fields where they have often been left out. 42:38 She stands in the middle of the stage alone, holding just a microphone. Then she begins to make sound. It sounds older than song. It is the earth moving, the northern sky, animals, and human soul. This is Tanya Tagaq. 17:22 Tanya Tagaq on the celebration of the senses Inuk singer shares when she discovered her gift for music and how she chose a particular direction to go with it. 6:30 Throat singing -- and speaking from the heart -- we'll speak to Polaris Music Prize winner Tanya Tagaq. 7:34 Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq defeated high-profile acts like Drake and Arcade Fire to win the 2014 Polaris Music Prize. 22:35