The Rebel Beat 089: Alanis Obomsawin – Legendary Abenaki Musician and Filmmaker

 

On this month’s show, we bring you into the studio and into the mind of the legendary Abenaki Indigenous musician and filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. Alanis is 85 years young, and has a prolific career with over 50 documentaries under her belt. But while many know her as an inspiring documentarian, fewer knew her as a musician. Until now.

Her album Bush Lady, originally recorded at CBC in the 80s, was just re-issued this year on Constellation Records, and we got a chance to have an intimate and emotional conversation about this brilliant work.

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An iconic still from Obomsawin’s documentary “Kanehsatake: 270 of Resistance” from the NFB

 

We also catch up with Frank from Submedia to talk about their latest episode, and we’ve got an exciting announcement about Aaron’s new podcast, Changing On The Fly.

In our Turn It Up segment, we give a shout-out to Jeremy Dutcher, an Indigenous Wolastoq musician whose album “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa” just won the Polaris Prize for best Canadian album of 2018! Mazel tov, Jeremy!

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Obomsawin in her office at the NFB, holding the sleeve of her album “Bush Lady”. Photo: Aaron Lakoff

 

**Playlist**
Marc Ribot & Tom Waits – Bella ciao
Alanis Obomsawin – Odana
Alanis Obomsawin – Bush lady pt. I
Alanis Obomsawin – Bush lady pt. II
Alanis Obomsawin – Theo pt. II
Jeremy Dutcher – Mehcinut

 

 

 

*For more on sports and radical politics, check out our episode with Dave Zirin:
rebelbeatradio.com/2017/03/15/the-…edge-of-sports/

 

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