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Brian Wright-McLeod

Widely recognized as “the authority” on Native music, Brian Wright-McLeod (Dakota/Anishnabe) is a music journalist and educator. His journey in radio that began in 1983, resulted in the publication of his first book The Encyclopedia of Native Music [University of Arizona 2005], It was the basis for the Smithsonian Institute’s Native music exhibit Up Where We Belong (2010-2015) that launched the documentary film Rumble [Rezolution Pictures 2017] which won three 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. Original art from his graphic novel series Red Power [Fitzhenry/Whiteside 2011], which he wrote and illustrated, was included in Direct Action Comics: Politically Engaged Comics and Graphic Novels, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The exhibit also included works by Joe Shuster (Superman) and Art Spiegelman (Maus). Currently, he teaches Indigenous Music in Culture at Centennial College, and Indigenous Studies at George Brown College in Toronto. Brian currently lives in Toronto.


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