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June 2014

June 2014

Every day aboriginal culture is borrowed and repurposed for art, fashion and advertising - but is this practice good or bad? Also this month, the current state of the porcupine caribou hunt, Lucie Idlout swaps stardom for small-town life, and inside the Alianait Arts Festival.

In This Issue

“How do you teach someone the complexities of a situation without alienating them? Talking about cultural appropriation in the bathroom of a bar is the worst way to learn.” Jeneen Frei-Njootli Artist, Old Crow, Yukon. Photo courtesy of Jeneen Frei-Njootli

Inappropriation

Every day aboriginal culture is borrowed, copied, dressed up or watered down. Is that art? Or is it stealing? Appropriation, it turns out, is all about the attitude.

By Samia Madwar
Jun 26
2014
Butchering is a family event on the river banks, with children playing, watching and learning. Photo Peter Mather

The State of the Hunt

Most years the porcupine caribou cross the Dempster. When they do, there's a harvest. Is this a healthy continuation of the old ways, or hi-tech slaughter?

By Genesee Keevil
Jun 22
2014