Nimitaau: Let's Dance: Fiddle-Dancing through Scots and Eeyou Culture

Frances Alice Wilkins, Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Abstract

This exhibition explores the fiddle dancing tradition of the indigenous people of northern Quebec and their links with Scottish culture. Translated into English, Cree Syllabics and Gaelic, visitors will learn about the individual stories from Eeyouch, Moose Cree, and Scots performers, and take an audio-visual journey into the world of Eeyou fiddle-dance performance. Nimitaau. Let's Dance!

Music has long played an important role in the lives of the indigenous peoples in northern Quebec. Music, particularly drumming and singing, has been a part of Eeyouch culture for the thousands of years in which they have inhabited the land. Fiddle music and fiddle-dancing were adopted into Eeyouch social life as the people of Eeyou Istchee came into contact with British fur traders from the early 1700s. The Eeyouch fashioned their own form of fiddle music and dance from the traditions of their past and new influences from across the sea.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2018

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