Gonzo Okanagan - "RYGA ARTS FESTIVAL – Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson: A Keeper of Traditions” August 2019
The most anticipated event at this year’s Ryga Arts Festival is the finale concert featuring an extraordinary performance artist, singer, dancer, story-teller, and shape-shifter…
To call Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson multi-faceted would be an understatement. She is, in the words of famed anthropologist Wade Davis, an “artist, activist, award-winning musician and formidable lawyer… She has represented the Haida Nation in the highest courts of Canada, in litigation to protect forests and fisheries, and in one landmark case… to assert aboriginal title to all the islands of Haida Gwaii.”
Her activism manifests itself in her music, for which she has won several Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, including one in 2008 for being A Keeper of Traditions.
The Museum of Anthropology in conjunction with the Centre for Japanese Research at UBC will present an evening of unique music by indigenous singers from both Japan and British Columbia on March 14.
The event will showcase traditional music from Hokkaido Ainu singers Mayunkiki and Tomoe Yahata, along with Haida singer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson and her musicians. Mayunkiki is a member of Marewrew, a female Ainu quartet, as well as an instructor of the Ainu language, while Tomoe works as a curator at an Ainu Museum. Williams-Davidson, born and raised in BC’s Haida Gwaii, is a musician, activist, artist and lawyer. read more→
Vancouver Courier - "Chilliwack's Bill Henderson looks to the past to reconcile the future" April 2018
Bill Henderson, who has fronted Chilliwack since the beginning and is involved in many other music projects, will be joined at the Brackendale Art Gallery May 12 by Claire Lawrence, an original Chilliwack bandmate, and Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, a Haida musician. Henderson and Lawrence backed Williams-Davidson last year on the album Grizzly Bear Town.
Prior to the album, Henderson worked with Williams-Davidson years ago as sound producer on an album of traditional Haida songs.
“She has been working a whole lot of her life preserving the Haida music heritage,” Henderson said of Williams-Davidson, who is also a lawyer. read more→
Times Colonist - "Haida singer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson not afraid of heavy lifting" October 2017
Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson can laugh at the memory today, but recording on Anthony Island in Haida Gwaii was no easy feat. read more→
Host Lina explores themes about women found in Terri-Lynn's latest album "Grizzly Bear Town" and the "Out of Concealment" exhibit. Award winning Ladies First is a weekly live radio show from 5-6 pm on Thursdays that celebrates women in music and the arts. read more→
Listen to the full interview below or click the link above.
Listen below for an excerpt of Terri-Lynn and Claire Lawrence speaking with Sheryl McKay about the song "Landslide"
Listen to the interview with Terri-Lynn - excerpt below, or for full episode start at 33:04.
It’s always a pleasure to chat with someone we have yet to hear about, and this is the case with Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson. She released her third solo album, Grizzly Bear Town on August 11, and you should certainly check it out if you have the chance. While you’re checking it out, also read our Five Questions With segment and find out more about this Haida singer, songwriter, dancer, activist and environmental lawyer. read more →
Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, best known for her work as a musician and environmental lawyer, has now combined visual art, photography and music in her latest album and exhibition about supernatural beings. read more→
"...Throughout the immaculately produced and played album a clear sense of space and time is evoked." read more →
It was the perfect night for a concert. The sun was shining in the blue sky (our usual weather, right?), with diamonds glistening on the water of Masset Inlet. The first song was, appropriately enough, “Indigenous Rising,” with an incredible flute accompaniment. With that we knew the evening would be memorable. read more→
Toronto, August 8, 2017 — Arriving as Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous peoples is being reviewed and reconciled as never before, Grizzly Bear Town — the enchanting third solo album by Haida singer, songwriter, dancer, activist, and environmental lawyer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson — is poised to propel the conversation about past and future, history and legacy. read more →
"Out of Concealment" Exhibit and Book
PRESS RELEASE: "Heritage House Publishing: Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii" July 2017
In Out of Concealment, Haida artist, performer, and activist Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson re-imagines the ancient feminine Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii, epic figures in the Haida Nation’s origin stories, which have been passed down for millennia.
Transforming her image into Sguuluu Jaad, Foam Woman; Ts’uu K’waayga, Cedar Sister; Xuuajii Jaad, Grizzly Bear Woman; and many others, Williams-Davidson pays homage to these powerful Beings and brings their spirit into the light for new generations and audiences to enjoy and learn from. read more →
June 12, 2017 - On June 16th 2017, the Haida Gwaii Museum will present Haida artist and lawyer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson’s multi-dimensional storytelling exhibit, bringing to life and out of concealment the feminine and powerful land and seascapes of Haida Gwaii. read more →
Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson inherited an important gift and responsibility from her great-grandmother. Susan Williams was a Haida song custodian who knew more than 100 songs – a tremendous feat considering the devastation brought to the Haida and their language by smallpox and cultural oppression. Born in the village of Skedans and relocated to Skidegate in 1896 (after smallpox, the Haida were concentrated into two communities – Skidegate and Masset), Williams worked to keep the language and music alive as most of the population perished. She lived to be 109. read more →
The legend of Foam Woman — a powerful woman and ancestress to all of the Raven clans on the archipelago — is just one of many female supernatural beings featured in a new exhibit at the Haida Gwaii Museum in Skidegate. read more →
It started with song.
Accompanied by scores of people sitting, standing, or bending an ear in the open doorways of the Kay Centre Performance House last Friday, Haida singer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson sang a new song to open her first exhibit of visual art.
Sung in Haida language and in English, the lyrics recalled some of the ruin that colonization brought during the time of her great-grandmother, Susan Williams, who was born at Skedans and moved to Skidegate in 1896. read more →