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How Indigenous music from the 1970s echoes today's struggles

Editorial Staff
Reclaimed, July 11, 2017

Host Jarrett Martineau explores how Indigenous music from the 1970s echoes today's struggles.


Indigenous music hasn’t always been in the spotlight the way it is now. But that doesn’t mean Indigenous artists weren’t here making music — they were just doing it under the radar.

For Indigenous artists, understanding history is essential. It’s not a straight line of history; things come back around like an evolving set of cycles. This week's Reclaimed will explore how iconic songs such as Mi'kmaq singer, filmmaker and political activist Willie Dunn’s “I Pity the Country” still echo many of the same struggles Indigenous people face today.

Reclaimed airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on CBC Radio 2 with host Jarrett Martineau. Listen to the latest episode above. Included on the playlist this week is Peguis First Nation’s William Prince’s “Bloom”

Also on this week's playlist is Digawolf, with what he calls “music infused with ‘the spirit of a trapper’s past glory.'” Scroll down for the full Reclaimed playlist for July 11.

Reclaimed playlist, July 11, 2017

1. nêhiyawak, “Tommaso”
2. Ansley Simpson, “A Mixture of Frailties”
3. Willie Dunn, “I Pity the Country”
4. William Prince, “Bloom”
5. Pura Fé, “Pigeon Dance”
6. Digawolf, “Ohdah”
7. Fawn Wood, “Plains vs Coast 2”
8. A Tribe Called Red feat. Leonard Sumner and Shad “How I Feel”
9. Kelly Fraser, “Fight for the Rights”
10. Angel Haze, “Resurrection”
11. Beaatz, “Vibes”
12. Cody Coyote, “Can You Hear Me Now?”
13. Flying Down Thunder & Rise Ashen - "Miskojonia - Red Gold”