Late last week, Tanya Tagaq took aim at Brooklyn indie project Eskimeaux, calling out American singer-songwriter Gabrielle Smith for using a band name Tagaq viewed as a culturally insensitive and offensive. Now, though, the Canadian musician has revealed that Smith will apparently be dropping the Eskimeaux name for a new moniker.
Tagaq tweeted this following this morning (April 17):
As previously reported, Tagaq fired a string a tweets at Smith last week for using the name Eskimeaux, at one point even stating "Canadians should show them how much they appreciate hipster bands using slurs to sell music."
I want to publicly state that @eskimeaux666 and I have been communicating. They are changing their band name. This is respect. This is ❤️!— tanya tagaq (@tagaq) April 17, 2017
At this point, however, Smith has mentioned nothing of a name change on her end.
UPDATE (4/17, 4:45 p.m. EDT): Smith has now revealed that going forward her group will be called Ó instead of Eskimeaux.
In a statement to Pitchfork, Smith said, "We've been talking about changing the band name for a little over a year now. The band name is the gateway to the project and I never set out to make it controversial, hurt people's feelings, or bring up a kind of hardship I haven't personally had to endure."
Smith added that she is adopted, explaining, "The only information I have about my birth parents is that my birth father is [indigenous North American group] Tlingit and everywhere I looked for more information the word 'eskimo' was commonplace."
In a statement, Tagaq said, "Gabrielle has taught me that people can be open and respectful when mistakes are made. I am very pleased with this outcome of the band name change and our impending friendship. Pleasant surprises."