What draws people of the north and indigenous cultures to hip-hop is self-expression. Being and showing who we are.
Forty years after hip-hop was born in the South Bronx, it's being re-imagined in fresh ways by young Indigenous artists of the North— from Athabascan villages in Alaska, to the capital city of Greenland, to reindeer-herding towns of northern Finland. WE UP, a documentary produced by the Anchorage Museum, profiles the rising stars of Circumpolar Indigenous hip-hop, exploring shared themes in their work, like decolonization, language revitalization, community, and spiritual connections to homeland. The film also documents the Circumpolar Hip-Hop Collab, a groundbreaking mainstage performance at the 2018 Riddu, Riddu Indigenous peoples' festival in Olmmáivággi, Norway.
IN THE BLOG
Read the story behind WE UP in this blog entry.
|Tlingit breakdancer Bri Pritchard, aka B-Girl SnapOne, talks about her style.
|Sami rapper Mikkal Morrotaja, aka AMOC, raps in a dialect spoken by about 400 people in northern Finland.|