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The Power Plant’s Beat Nation Puts Aboriginal Identity on Display

The Power Plant Beat Nation Kent Monkman

Kent Monkman’s Dance to Miss Chief is but one of the works exploring urban First Nations culture at The Power Plant (photo: Kent Monkman/The Power Plant)

DECEMBER 15 TO MAY 5  Whether it’s tapped out with a hand drum or pulsing through a modern rap song, the enduring spirit of rhythm connects generations of Canadian indigenous culture. Beat Nation, the latest exhibition at The Power Plant explores this theme through everything from sculptures to video installations that link traditional Native values with the love many urban Aboriginal youth have for hip-hop culture. The result is an eclectic display that expresses how First Nations peoples across North America are adapting to prevailing trends while retaining their distinct identities.  —Anna Marszalek

>> The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4949; thepowerplant.org
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