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Richard Harold Lafferty: Metis Fiddler

Richard Harold Lafferty: Metis Fiddler

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A profile of Richard Lafferty, Metis fiddler of the NWT.
A profile of Richard Lafferty, Metis fiddler of the NWT.

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Published by: Lawrence J. Barkwell on Mar 26, 2010
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Richard Harold
(b. 1944)By Leah Dorion and Albert LaffertyRichard was born and raised at Fort Providence, Northwest Territories and now livesat Hay River. Richard is one of the most accomplished fiddlers in the NorthwestTerritories. He plays fiddle tunes learnt from “Old Time” fiddlers and the Métis whotraveled up and down the Mackenzie River. His uncle the late Danny Bouvier (b. 1922)of Fort Providence, another top NWT fiddler, was one of his early musical influences andmentors. Richard carries on the musical traditions of the Lafferty family and thecommunity of Fort Providence.His musical performances and involvement inNorthern Aboriginal communities is extensive.Richard was involved for many years as the fiddlerfor the NWT Métis Reelers. In 1992 he entertainedat the inaugural gala of the Television NativeCommunication Network, which is now theAboriginal Peoples Television Network.Lafferty played to launch television station TVNC, now known as AboriginalPeople’s Television Network. Some of his other accomplishments include playing forQueen Elizabeth II at Yellowknife during the Royal Visit to the North in 1994 andperformances at the Canada Games in New Brunswick in 1985, the Aboriginal Pavilionat Expo ’86 in Vancouver and playing for the RCMP Musical Ride in 2003. In 1996,Richard was awarded a Metis Sash in the Northwest Territories for by the Métis Nationof the Northwest Territories for his contributions to Métis music and traditional dances.
Metis fiddlers Richard Lafferty and Wesley Hardisty and their bandperform at Canada's Northern House, February 2010, Vancouver Olympics

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