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Heard Up North?way Up North: the Ekoomiaks

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Among other things, William Ekoomiak is an old-time fiddler, a storyteller and a carver. His older sister Sarah is a long-time resident of Wakefield, Quebec and an expert beader. Both are often called upon to share their deep knowledge of Inuit culture and language. Sarah was born near Hudson Bay in 1933. She was the oldest child in a large family. Her life mirrors many of the challenges faced by inhabitants of the far North as cultural change and migration transformed the region. Lucy Martin chatted with William between sets at the most recent Arts Alive event in Ottawa.

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Lucy Martin
Ottawa Correspondent

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