TORONTO (AP) " Canadian Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq has persuaded Brooklyn indie band Eskimeaux to swap its name for one deemed more culturally sensitive.

The Polaris Prize-winner called out singer-songwriter Gabrielle Smith on Twitter last week for "using slurs to sell music." She says the word Eskimo is a slur for many Inuit people.

The band responded to tell her they'd decided to rename themselves O, like the letter.

Smith says she never set out to upset people.

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She says she settled on the name Eskimeaux after searching for information about her heritage. She knows only that her father was a member of the Tlingit indigenous group from the Pacific northwest.

Tagaq said in a statement Tuesday Smith taught her that people can be open and respectful when mistakes are made.