Artists boycott Indigenous Music Awards over cultural appropriation concerns

By Adina Bresge THE CANADIAN PRESS Several artists are pulling support for the Indigenous Music Awards over concerns about cultural appropriation of Inuit throat singing. Tanya Tagaq, Kelly Fraser and Iva are among the musicians who posted to social media pledging not to participate in the awards until the organization revises its policies or includes Inuit representation on its board. The throat-singing duo PIQSIQ, comprised of Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Ayalik, announced on Twitter Monday they are withdrawing the nomination of “Altering The Timeline’’ for best electronic music album. The Yellowknife-raised sisters said in an interview their decision was spurred by the IMA’s nomination of a non-Inuit artist who performs throat singing, which they view as an “insensitive’’appropriation of their culture. Mackay and Ayalik declined to name the musician at…

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