“Before we were called, prior to we were identified, even before we belonged” are the very first words the audience will hear at the beginning of Susan Aglukark’s show in the Homburg Theatre on Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.Those words are
suggested to set the tone for her performance.”If there is anything that you would like to know about Inuit individuals, pertaining to my show is a good location to start,” says Aglukark.” I’m sharing exactly what I have discovered so far. “Aglukark is among Canada’s most distinct native artists. Her latest album tells the story of her Inuit ancestors’ journey, a journey that she could not explain until Ten Years ago. Like many other native people, she had a hard time to feel a connection to her ancestors.”I finally acknowledged that I had actually lived many of my life in a continuous state of worry that I was lesser than everybody else, “says Aglukark. “I use the Inuktitut word’Ilira ‘to describe it “. There is no English meaning for the word, however Aglukark
specifies it as psychological discombobulation. She conquered her fears by realizing that she had the power to set the tone when speaking about her ancestors. She calls it making cultural connections.Aglukark strategies to offer the audience a full sensory experience throughout her show through her songs and projected images on stage, to help tell the story of her Inuit forefathers, a story that she thinks begun long prior to her people were called Inuit. She acknowledges that her trip is happening throughout an exciting time for indigenous artists now that the Canadian federal government has actually begun the process of reconciliation with indigenous people.”I think it has actually allowed us to move into the recovery stage as indigenous people, “says Aglukark. Part of that healing is reconnecting
to her culture and part of her responsibility, as an artist, is to practice connecting Inuit people to the past.Aglukark values cultural organizations like the Confederation Centre that assist to set a positive tone before shows, by specifying at the beginning of each performance that the audience is basing on traditional Mi’kmaq land.”Acknowledging indigenous people on their lands is a powerful symbol of intentions,” states Aglukark.” It sets the tone of we ¹ re here with a great heart and it helps to remove the tension in the space. As an Inuit artist I can’t do the work I do when we’re always in opposition.
“For tickets see: http://www.confederationcentre.com/en/show/370-Susan-Aglukark.