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Published on Apr 16, 2011
Allison Warden: Indigenous Inter-Disciplinary Art - A Way to Inspire Conversations within Community Allison Warden (AKU-MATU) is an Iñupiaq Eskimo Inter-Disciplinary Artist with a passion for the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples. She raps under the name AKU-MATU and loves working w...ith young people, empowering them through the use of theatre and music. She creates her own beats for her rhymes, sampling traditional sounds and inserting her Iñupiaq language into her songs. She recently performed as AKU-MATU at Columbia University, as part of a concert put on by the Department of Ethnomusicology. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska and has close ties to her home community of Kaktovik, Alaska. Her one-woman show, "Ode to the Polar Bear" has toured extensively across Alaska and the lower-48 and is being re-worked into a completely new and longer piece, titled "Calling All Polar Bears". She acted in Andrew MacLean's film, "Sikumi" that will premiere at Sundance in 2011. In 2009, she was part of the "virtual subsistence" exhibition at MTS Gallery and coordinated over 25 people to participate in a performance which focused on the incident with the Point Hope caribou and land use issues. Allison is an engaged community member, passionate about awakening Indigenous youth to their potential and voice.
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