But above all, his retirement from politics
has allowed Mr. Kakfwi to follow a decades-old dream of
becoming a folk singer. A devoted fan of Bob Dylan (he once
met Dylan backstage at a concert in Calgary and literally
gave him the traditional native jacket off his own back)
Mr. Kakfwi has just released a CD of his own work, under
the collected title of In The Walls of His Mind.
The opening song brings to mind Natalie
Cole and Hank Williams Jr. in that through the magic of
mixing he was able to "record" with his late father.
By a stroke of luck, CBC radio was at an event in the NWT
in the 1970s and its recording caught Mr. Kakfwi's later
father, Noel, singing a traditional native song. The CD
begins with that scratchy recording, and Mr. Kakfwi's voice
is then mixed in to create a posthumous duet.
The remaining nine songs were all written
by Mr. Kakfwi and reflect his own personal experiences as
a Dene, are based on favourite stories or are tributes to
some of his aboriginal heroes. They range from the title
song of the CD -- a haunting ballad based on Mr. Kakfwi's
own harrowing experiences in the residential school system
-- to a rousing song based on the legendary NWT story of
Gw'itchin Mountie Lazarus Sittichinli and the lost patrol.
Perhaps he might even
go on to full fill another dream one and perform one of
his songs with Dylan himself.