Stories in song of Inuit ancestors
Susan Aglukark’s performance will include songs from her new album which tells the story of her Inuit ancestors’ journey. Show date is January 27 at 7:30 pm in Homburg Theatre.
“Before we were named, before we were labeled, even before we belonged” are the first words the audience will hear at the beginning of Susan Aglukark’s show, happening in the Homburg Theatre on January 27 at 7:30 pm.
“If there is anything that you want to know about Inuit people, coming to my show is a good place to start,” says Aglukark. “I’m sharing what I have learnt so far.”
Aglukark says that she plans to give the audience a full sensory experience through her songs and projected images on stage, to help tell the story of her Inuit ancestors, a story that she believes started long before her people were called Inuit.
Aglukark says that she struggled to feel a connection to her ancestors.“I finally acknowledged that I had lived most of my life in a constant state of fear that I was lesser than everybody else,” describes Aglukark. “I use the Inuktitut word Ilira to describe it.”
There is no English definition for the word, but Aglukark defines it as emotional discombobulation. She overcame her fears by realizing that she had the power to set the tone when speaking about her ancestors. She calls it making cultural connections.
She also says that she acknowledges that her tour is happening during a time that the Canadian government has begun the process of reconciliation with Indigenous people. “I believe it has allowed us to move into the healing stage as Indigenous people,” she says. “Part of that healing is reconnecting to our culture and part of my responsibility as an artist is to practice connecting Inuit people to the past.”