Alo White speaks about his Elder recording project, his Anishinaabemowin spreecast & the healing power of Tradition

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Elder Alo White joined Indigenous Waves this week to share his story, and why he feels it is essential to do the work he is doing. In particular, his Anishinaabemowin spreecasts that happen on Tuesday evenings, to help spread Anishinaabemowin to youth and others who might not have access to learn the language, and his Elders recording project, to pass down traditional songs and healing to those who might be suffering, as well as to preserve the traditions of Elders.

Alo White (Mide Kiwenzie/Bizhew Dodem/Naanan Mide) is respected for his knowledge of Anishinaabe language culture, songs & spiritual ceremonies he carries from his community of Naotkamegwanning First Nation (Treaty 3) in Northwestern Ontario. He began as a singer with the Whitefish Bay Singers at the age of 14. His recording career began when he became the lead singer for the Whitefish Bay Singers in the 1980’s. In the 1990’s and the early 2000’s he recorded three CD’s with his traditional drum, Lynx Clan Singers. Alo is currently working on a series of recordings under his label Alo White Recording Studios, recording Elders from the Treaty 3 area under the project titled “Preserving Anishinaabe Music.”

Playlist:

Alo White – Songs of My Elders

Alo White – They Are Giving Me Life

Pipestone Creek – The Warriors

Whitefish Bay Singers – Aandeg

Cree Confederation – Straight Crow Hop

Grey Buffalo – Intertribal

Northern Cree – Red & White

Whitefish Bay Singers – Anishinaabe Round Dance

 

Originally Aired Monday May 6, 2013

Photo Credit: Alo White

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