Friday, August 5, 2016
Three Years Ago (Thinking of Willie Dunn)
"Creation never sleeps, creation never dies." - Willie Dunn ("The Carver")
Three years is a long time. It can also breeze by like the wind...
Today is the third anniversary of Willie Dunn's passing into the spirit world.
For the uninitiated, Dunn was (and still is) a trailblazing Mi'kmaq poet, singer-songwriter, filmmaker, artist, activist, and family man. His 1968 NFB short film The Ballad of Crowfoot was a catalyst for the Grammy nominated Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985 compilation and a great place to begin.
With the blessing of and in cooperation with the Dunn estate (and many of those who knew him best), I will be helping to share much more information about Willie's incredible life in the future. This is a responsibility that I do not hold lightly.
Each and every Canadian should be aware of Willie Dunn's legacy, his essential contributions to Indigenous history, our collective cultural fabric, and how his creations have assisted and will continue to assist in the process of reconciliation.
Looking forward (while paying respect to the past)...
We are thinking of you Willie!