From the Nova Scotia Eskasoni First Nation, he is the first of four visiting Indigenous resident-thinkers at Memorial University School of Music. It’s part of a new project called Indigenous Voices: Steps Toward Decolonizing the Music School Curriculum.
The project aims to help people view music and song with Indigenous perspective. So far, Denny says he has been able to lead drop-in sessions and classes on things like instrument building, Indigenous spirituality and comparing contemporary music with more traditional song.
“I have a couple of students now who have participated in more than one class. They’ll come in and sit in the back and just listen,” Denny told CBC Radio’s On The Go.
“I feel like I’m getting quite a bit of interest from the students,” Denny said.