For a decade, American singer-songwriter Gabrielle Smith has used the name Eskimeaux for her musical project. However, the celebrated Inuk throat singer has now launched a campaign sorts against Smith her Twitter, calling out Smith on what the Canadian musician views as a culturally insensitive and fensive band name.
As Eskimeaux's Wikipedia page states, Smith's father is Tlingit decent — an indigenous people from the Pacific Northwest.
In an old Tumblr post, Smith addressed her decision to choose the name, writing: "I chose this moniker as a teenager, in a time when I felt like I had been denied an identity — my Tlingit heritage was the only thing I could hold onto about my cultural history that was real. Eskimeaux is basically me: it's an empowered persona that has brought me warmth and fulfillment in times isolation and confusion about my origins."
Below, you can read Tagaq's string tweets against Smith: As press time, Smith has yet to publicly reply to Tagaq's string tweets.
Eskimeaux plays Toronto's Lee's Palace on April 17. You can see all the project's tour dates here.