Musician Jeremy Dutcher preserves his language and reimagines ancestral songs on debut album

Dutcher's debut album is as much about saving the Indigenous Wolostoq language from extinction as it is about reimagining the songs performed by his ancestors.
Jeremy Dutcher is one of the 2018 Polaris Music Prize shortlist nominees. (CBC)

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.

Jeremy Dutcher, Mehcinut 
The album cover depicts what would have been used to record during Mechling's time. The wax cylinders can be seen in the bottom left corner. The backdrop is Cree artist, Kent Monkman’s painting, Teaching The Lost. (Matt Barnes)
Jeremy Dutcher's album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, will be released in April 2018. In this photo he's wearing a custom jacket from Wolastoq designer Stephanie Labillios. (Matt Barnes)

Interview with Jeremy Dutcher produced by Tyrone Callender.


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