Electric Pow Wow: A Tribe Called Red (W5)
Subject: Canadian Social Studies, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Music, Social Issues, Social Studies
Grade Level: 6 - Post Secondary
Country of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2017
Running Time: 20
Closed Captions: Yes
If you're an indigenous person living in a country that was forcefully colonized, it's all too common to find yourself underrepresented and misrepresented if not blatantly and systematically devalued and attacked. Positive role models and a positive self-identity are hard to come by, yet the Canadian DJ collective A Tribe Called Red, is a modern gateway into urban and contemporary indigenous culture and experience, celebrating all its layers and complexity.
With multiple nominations for Juno Awards, the group's music, which blends traditional Latin and hip hop rhythms, heavy base-driven beats of dubstep, and the powerful and ancient music and culture of Canada’s First Nations, has attracted a growing fan base in Canada and across the world. Group members Ian Campeau, Tim Hill, and Ehren Thomas, discuss their lives, early musical influences and their role in building bridges between cultures by broadening cultural awareness and understanding of aboriginal issues from oil and gas pipelines, to reconciling the dark past of Canada’s residential schools.
They are part of a vital new generation of artists making a cultural and social impact in Canada promoting inclusivity, empathy and acceptance amongst all races and genders in the name of social justice.
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