September 11, 2019
TIME:7:00 PM — 9:00 PM
LOCATION:David Saul Smith Union, Jack Magee's Pub, Bowdoin College
The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Studies Center
Legendary Inuit singer-songwriter Willie Thrasher will perform northern folk rock.
Willie Thrasher is an Inuk singer-songwriter from Aklavik, Northwest Territories. At five, Thrasher was taken from his family and sent to a residential school where he was forbidden to practice his Inuvialuit culture. In the mid-1960s, he drummed for the Cordells, one of the first Inuit rock bands. One evening, a stranger recommended that the group tap into their Aboriginal roots instead of the charts for inspiration. This prompted Thrasher to write songs about his life, people, and the environment (as heard on 1981’s Spirit Child LP, CBC). Thrasher currently performs with his partner Linda Saddleback and is featured on Light in the Attic Records’ Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985. He is a trailblazing troubadour with an Indigenous heartbeat sound.
This performance is free and open to the public, all ages are welcome.
Sponsored by: The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center. Made possible by a gift from Rebecca J. Rowe ’97, and is part the Arctic Museum's Environmental and Social Justice Lecture Series.