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Curated by Jenny Western

Indigenous film and video directors use a visual medium to explore and communicate their creative ideas, but often these artworks also incorporate a musical soundtrack. Directors exploring themes of contemporary Aboriginal identity, political issues and popular culture offer a double dose of Indigenous identity when using music from Indigenous musicians. The result, whether fun and lively or solemn and reflective, is the repeated and affirmed presence of first peoples as creators and full participants in the contemporary sphere. Noondaagotoon, or “play it (so it makes sounds)”, is the Anishinabe translation for what we refer to in English as “music,” and when used in the film and video sense can also refer to the incorporation of a musical component in this visual medium to raise Indigenous voices and make a big sound. – Jenny Western

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