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History of Cree fiddling studied by Scottish researcher

Cree fiddling is a tradition that dates back to the mid 1700's, when Scottish employees of the Hudson's Bay Company first played their instruments for Cree in James Bay. Recently, a Scottish researcher toured Eeyou Istchee to find out more about the Cree way of fiddling. Dr. Frances Wilkins is a lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of Aberdeen. She and her husband, fiddler Ronan Martin, visited our Cree radio studio with their instruments recently.