Unreserved

Exploring the fine line between appreciation and appropriation

When it comes to culture, some say there's a line between appreciation and appropriation that should not be crossed. Where are the lines - and should there should be lines at all?
August Schellenberg as King Lear. His 45-year dream of staging Shakespeare's play with an all-Indigenous cast finally saw the light of day, just one year before his death. (Chasinglear.com)
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From art to activism to healing  — the power of creative energy knows no boundaries.

Adrienne Keene (Twitter)
But when it comes to culture, some say there's a line between appreciation and appropriation that should not be crossed.

Where are the lines — or should there should be lines at all?

Adrienne Keene is a Harvard scholar, a blogger and a Harry Potter fan. But recently, she called J.K. Rowling's new magical series a slap in the face to Indigenous people.
Michelle Thrush (Canadian Press)

Inuk storyteller Stephen Agluvak Puskas explains why a controversial film that depicts Inuit using only YouTube videos is drawing harsh criticism. 

Gemini Award winning actress Michelle Thrush shares the story of Majica, the healing clown. Majica is a character created by Thrush to help children deal with feelings and trauma.

Cree actor and filmmaker Lorne Cardinal talks about staging a production of King Lear with an all-Indigenous cast. Cardinal also explains why it was important to him to capture the experience in a documentary film called Chasing Lear

This week's playlist:

Nick Sherman (Blue Earth Photography)
Tanya Tagaq - Howl

Nick Sherman - Find My Way

Ghostkeeper - Medicine