But Tagaq doesn’t want to bash Flaherty too much, noting that in 1922 society was more racist. “It’s just how it was back then, we (the Inuit) were definitely at the back of the bus.” Despite this, Tagaq doesn’t doubt Flaherty’s affection for the Inuit. “In fact, he was fucking one of the characters,” she points out with a laugh.
Tagaq will perform tonight’s sold-out show at the Yukon Arts Centre with Polaris Prize collaborators, violinist Jesse Zubot and drummer Jean Martin (who captured sounds from the Nunavut landscape to introduce into the show).
Many people don’t understand but in order to ethically colonize North America on slaves and genocide, there had to be this mindset that we were beneath, that we were godless. A lot of people don’t realize that’s the roots (of racism). This is a chance to examine that.
That’s what happened after above zero temperatures took much of the snow from Whitehorse streets, causing organizers of winter festival Sourdough Rendezvous to seek snow from Mount Sima, and organizers of the Yukon Quest, which is set to start from Whitehorse on Feb. 7, to discuss other routes.
Then the snow came. And it didn’t stop for two days. This is what it looked like.
Note that the snow being plowed in the videos & photos has been building up most of the winter, it wasn’t just from the recent big storms. Oh, and winter carnival is still planning to buy snow off Mount Sima for the snow-carving contest.