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Norman Achneepineskum from Buffalo Hat Singers on Indigenous Resilience – The Link

by ahnationtalk on May 21, 202028 Views

May 20, 2020

In early spring I went up to Montmorency metro station to share a tea with Indigenous artist Norman Achneepineskum from Buffalo Hat Singers.

Over the past couple years I have gotten to know Achneepineskum through conversation at community activist cultural events in the city. I strongly remember first encountering Achneepineskum’s voice in 2016 at the annual Valentine’s Day gathering to support the campaign for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Achneepineskum coordinates the traditional pow-wow ensemble founded in 2012, Buffalo Hat Singers, which joins the Missing Justice community action almost every year. The live drumming and vocal set by the group in 2016 really stands out in my memory.

It was freezing that day—below -30 C with windchill. Still, outside Saint-Laurent station in the winter sun, hundreds gathered, shivering, as the drum beat pulsed and vocals by Buffalo Hat Singers rang out in the piercing cold air. A musical message by Buffalo Hat Singers offered a sense of unity and purpose to the entire crowd that day.

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