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.
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Read the story behind WE UP in this blog entry.
Read more about arctic hip-hop stars here on the blog.