Tanya Tagaq’s intense, evocative vocalizations, based on Inuit throat singing traditions, help reclaim the controversial 1922 film Nanook of the North. Tagaq, along with percussionist Jean Martin and cellist Cris Derksen perform live to the film’s silent images of life in an early 20th-century Inuit community in Northern Quebec.
 
Commissioned by the Toronto Film Festival for their First Nations Film Festival, Tagaq’s sense of the sound of the Arctic spaces shown in the film transforms the images, adding great feeling and depth to a complex mix of beautiful representations and racially charged clichés. 

Tanya Tagaq in concert with Nanook of the North was commissioned by TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of its film retrospective First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition.