The Innu nation is the most populous Aboriginal nation in Québec. If you lived in Québec in the late 80’s, you at least knew two or three songs in Innu, thanks to awesome country-folk band Kashtin, composed of Florent Vollant and Claude McKenzie, two artists from Maliotenam, located in the Northern Coast region (Côte-Nord). The storytelling, the catchy melodies and the good guitar riffs still sound great twenty five years later. Now that I’ve listened to the songs again, I can’t get them out of my head.
These videos are not the high resolution type… But surely you guys can appreciate the nice retro feel of old beta/vhs tapes, right? Below are the original 80’s videos for the songs “Tshinanu” (Our People / Notre peuple), “Tipatshimun” (The Devil’s Song / La chanson du diable), and “E uassiuan” (My Childhood / Mon enfance), followed by two songs from Florent Vollant’s 2003 album “Katak”. Miam Maikan (White Wolf / Loup blanc) was featured in the excellent movie by François Leclerc, “Looking for Alexander” (original title : Mémoires affectives).