β€œI'm doing this work because there's only about a hundred Wolastoqey speakers left,” he says. β€œIt's crucial for us to make sure that we're using our language and passing it on to the next generation. If you lose the language, you're not just losing words; you're losing an entire way of seeing and experiencing the world from a distinctly indigenous perspective.”

Performer, composer, activist, musicologist, Jeremy Dutcher, his music, too, transcends boundaries: unapologetically playful in its incorporation of classical influences, full of reverence for the traditional songs of his home, and teeming with the urgency of modern-day struggles of resistance.