“There are very important things going on in Indian country right now. This is a song I’d like to hand to any of our Aboriginal candidates who really are in a position, finally, to make a big difference,” said (Buffy) Sainte-Marie, the 2015 Polaris Music Prize winner.
Written by Sainte-Marie, the song was inspired by champion dogsled racer George Attla, who competed in the first-ever Iditarod dog sled race in 1973 and was the subject of the 1979 film, Spirit Of The Wind.
“It reminded me of growing up in Nunavut,” says Tagaq, winner of the Polaris in 2014. “Sometimes when things get difficult you have to pick yourself up, you can’t let things bring you down. You could take it to be an anti-suicide message. I really appreciate its powerful lyrics."
The song was recorded in Fall 2016 at Orange Lounge in Toronto with producer Jon Levine. It was mixed by Howie Beck. It will be available as a download and on vinyl.