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The Cree/Métis writereducator and oral historian Kim Anderson  and the Mi’kmaq/Métis sociologist Bonita Lawrence ), however, have questioned the boundary making, observing the dispersion of the Métis and emphasizing that Métis cultures cannot be reduced to the prairie Métis paradigm. 14 The definition of “mixed” Aboriginal cultures, however, remains contested. In some regions of Canada, the nature and temporal extent of intercultural contact (among Aboriginals as well as between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals) challenges the discrete nations model altogether.
During more private performances or in instances when the singer sings for himself or herself, the songs tend to be repeated fewer times (Attachie 2007, Oker 2007). A variation to this melodic structure is the occasional addition of a few Dane-zaa words inserted into the last, low register, vocables of the song. Most often, words such as Yaage Satiin (Sky Sitter/Sky Keeper) or Nahhatááʔ (Our Father)14 are added to a song to emphasize the singers’ worship and prayer through their performance (S.
Together, the chapters in this section of the anthology illustrate the vitality of Aboriginal traditions and traditional music. The sense of renewal and the engagement with innovative ways of thinking about and making “traditional music” demonstrate the dynamism of tradition. New technologies, revised interpretations of teachings, and the importance of local and personal histories in the construction of cultural understandings and ways of life are all part of this dynamism. 30 part one 2 Continuity and Innovation in the Dane-zaa Dreamers’ Song and Dance Tradition: A Forty-Year Perspective Amber Ridington Informed by performance theory,1 this chapter takes a contextual approach to trace some of the ways that the Dane-zaa dreamers’ dance2 and song tradition has responded to and been affected by historical, cultural, social, and technological changes over the past forty years.