#34 - “10% Cree Fee”: The influence of Nêhiyawak singing across Indian Country with Guest Aaron Tootoosis


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In this episode, the TRS team chats with Aaron Tootoosis (Nêhiyawak) from the Poundmaker Indian Reserve in Treaty 6 Territory. University and traditionally educated, he shares his expertise on current Indigenous issues through speaking engagements throughout Saskatchewan and through his involvement with boards and committees. His ceremonial grounding guides him in how he communicates and builds relationships with people. A father of three, he makes is home on the Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation in Treaty 4 Territory with his wife of 22 years.
Aaron Tootoosis gives a history of the resurgence of Cree round dance. The TRS team also discuss the influence of Cree style singing among surrounding tribes. The conversation investigates some of the norms of singing and changes that have been witnessed in recent years. The discussion also shifts to the history of Chief Big B ear and SweetGrass and their connection to the Crow Nation.
Also listen to the end to hear Aaron's "Top Three" round dance albums of all times!

Aaron is currently employed as the Indigenous Students' Centre Coordinator/Instructor at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus.
Learn more about Aaron Tootoosis:
Check out The Gunz of Poundmaker on #SoundCloud

Learn more about Poundmaker Indian Reserve in Treaty 6 Territory.
Listen to Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre recording
Guest: Aaron Tootoosis (Nêhiyawak)
Hosts: Aaron Brien (Apsáalooke), Shandin Pete (Salish/Diné)
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