Musician Jeremy Dutcher preserves his language and reimagines ancestral songs on debut album
Jeremy Dutcher is a singer-songwriter of Indigenous Wolostoq heritage. His debut album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, is a reimagining of wax cylinder recordings performed by members of the Wolostoq community in the early 1900s — a time when the Canadian government had essentially banned Indigenous people from passing on their traditions.
Dutcher joins Tom Power for a performance and chat about his debut album, and why making it was as much about saving the Wolostoq language from extinction, as it was about reimagining it.
Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa is out Friday, April 6.
Interview with Jeremy Dutcher produced by Tyrone Callender.