Past Life Melodies

Elektra hosted a presentation by ethnomusicologist, Dr. Jeanette Gallant (D.Phil. Oxford), on indigenous borrowings in Australian composer Sarah Hopkins’s iconic 1991 choral composition, Past Life Melodies.  The evening opened with a greeting and song by Elder Nk’xetko of the Ntle’kepmx Nation, one of five Interior Salish tribes in central B.C. This was followed by an informal discussion about similar issues in our current, Canadian context. Our discussion facilitator was Shelley MacDonald, National First Nations, Métis and Inuit Programs Leader, Learning Through the Arts.