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Finding a new voice: how throat singers are making music for a new generation on

You probably remember Samantha Metcalfe and Cailyn Degrandpre, the 11-year-old throat singers who charmed a countrywide audience on the day of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s swearing-in ceremony last November. Throat singing demonstrations like theirs are staples of many Inuit cultural events. Usually, the performers explain how throat singing, a longstanding Inuit a cappella tradition, was a form of entertainment that women created for themselves, as well as an ingenious method for soothing f
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Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun exhibit captures Vancouver's surging interest in Indigenous art

With an estimated 2,000 guests, the opening of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver this month was the largest in the institution's history. The Vancouver-based artist is of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent, and the exhibit, which runs until mid-October, covers 30 years of his work. With titles such as Red Man Watching White Man Trying to Fix Hole in the Sky (1990) and Christy Clark and the Kinder Morgan Go-Go Girls (2015), Yuxweluptun's art
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Duane Howard on making The Revenant, stereotypes and DiCaprio's indigenous-rights speech

If you're watching the Oscars this Sunday, look for Duane Howard on the red carpet. The Vancouver-based First Nations actor will be among the cast and crew of The Revenant, which is nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Howard plays the key supporting role of Arikara chief Elk Dog, who is searching for his kidnapped daughter, Powaqa. Here, he recounts his experience — and why he's surprised by what ended up onscreen. What was it like learning the Arikara language? It was cha