Since posting her first TikTok in March, Novalinga has amassed over 985,000 followers on the Buffalo Sabres Christmas Baby Yoda Star Wars Funny Happy NHL T-Shirt also I will do this app. “I originally started TikTok for fun, but it evolved when I started spreading awareness about my Indigenous culture,” says Novalinga. “I get inspired by other Indigenous creators, and a lot of my content ideas come naturally.” Novalinga’s special relationship with her mother is apparent on TikTok. She will also share videos of her mother braiding her hair or helping her get ready in the morning. On the fashion front, Novalinga will also proudly model pieces that are made by Caroline, including custom parkas with fur-lined hoods. (In Indigenous culture, every part of a hunted animal is used.) “The connection between my mother and I grows bigger as we throat sing together. It’s always a beautiful moment for us,” she says. For a modern twist—this is TikTok after all—she’ll also put her own Indigenous twists on various viral trends on the app, adding her throat singing overtop trending songs, for instance.
Below, Novalinga talks how she learned to throat sing, what she loves about Inuk design, and what her favorite piece in her wardrobe is.