"Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii" - a presentation on Indigenous oral traditions and the ancient feminine, through art and music - Banyen Books, Vancouver, BC

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 6:30 - 8:00PM

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson will present her new book “Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii”.  The publication 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. These historical narratives illustrate the Haida's values, customs, rituals, laws, and relationships with the earthly and metaphysical realms. 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. 

West Coast Spirit - Alix Goolden Performance Hall, Victoria, BC

Saturday October 28, 2017

A unique evening celebrating Canadian west coast music and culture. Terri-Lynn, Bill Henderson and Claire Lawrence perform music from their highly acclaimed new album "Grizzly Bear Town".  They will be joined by two of Vancouver's finest vocalists, Saffron and Camille Henderson, who will be providing background music. There will also be a performance of traditional Haida songs by Terri-Lynn and her husband Robert Davidson.

Terri-Lynn will also be giving a brief introduction to her new book, "Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii".

Tickets available at Alix Goolden box office, or online at Ticketfly.

 

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson with Bill Henderson & Claire Lawrence - Blue Frog Studios, White Rock, BC.

Sunday October 29, 2017

A unique evening celebrating Canadian west coast music and culture. Terri-Lynn, Bill Henderson and Claire Lawrence perform music from their highly acclaimed new album "Grizzly Bear Town".  They will be joined by two of Vancouver's finest vocalists, Saffron and Camille Henderson, who will be providing background music. There will also be a performance of traditional Haida songs by Terri-Lynn and her husband Robert Davidson.

Terri-Lynn will also be giving a brief introduction to her new book, "Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii".

Tickets available online here.

 

Album Release Performance at The Cultch in Vancouver

August 27th, 2017 at 7:00pm

Join us for an evening of celebration in the release of the timely and unique album, "Grizzly Bear Town" by Terri-Lynn Williams Davidson, Bill Henderson and Claire Lawrence. We will also celebrate the launch of Terri-Lynn's book "Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii".  Click here to buy your tickets!

Out of Concealment - Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii

Exhibition Opening: 7pm June 16, 2017
Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay

Double release event: 7pm August 10, 2017
book launch  .  album release  .  live concert

Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay
Haida artist and lawyer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson presents an exhibition, book and album—all supernatural in their own right—of female supernatural beings and crest images of Haida oral traditions. The audience is sure to delight in this critical, original and wondrous iteration of ancient histories and wisdoms passed down through the generations. Through combining the beauty of Haida Gwaii, the art of Robert Davidson, and supernatural beings adorned by Indigenous designers—the feminine and powerful land and seascapes of Haida Gwaii are brought out of concealment, humanizing the land and sea, and showing they are worthy of respect, rather than domination and exploitation.  

Exhibition runs June 16 - December 31, 2017, Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay

 

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival : February 28 - March 5, 2017

Special Opening Performance with Bill Henderson and Claire Lawrence. 

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson will perform songs from her upcoming album (to be released this summer), and will be joined by Canadian music icons Bill Henderson and Claire Lawrence. This album contains music in the endangered Haida language and will be accompanied by blues, jazz and rock instrumentation.

She will also be performing with the Rainbow Creek Dancers. The Festival is a celebration of the stories, songs and dances of the Indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of North America. The festival presents the rich cultural traditions practiced by dance groups from British Columbia, the Yukon, Alaska and Washington State as well as guest international artists and demonstrates that these traditions are very much alive, vibrant and relevant today. Click here to see the Festival program.

TESTIFY - A Project of the INDIGENOUS LAWS + ARTS Collective

Terri-Lynn is proud to be participating in Testify, an evolving and growing dialogue between Artists and Legal Thinkers.

Traveling performances and art show celebrating Indigenous laws: Nanaimo (November, 2016), Victoria (February, 2017), Kamloops (Spring, 2017), Ontario: Windsor (TBC), Toronto (TBC), Quebec: Montreal (TBC)

Artists and legal thinkers in conversation with each other to explore Indigenous laws and opportunities for the dynamic expression.   Testify creates a space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to dream a way forward which respects and reflects the diversity, strength and hope embodied within Indigenous traditions.

Law has been a powerful tool of the colonial project. Law was used to subjugate and attempt to wipe out Indigenous Peoples as distinct Peoples, and prohibit Indigenous ceremonies, governance, laws, and cultural expression.

Law continues to be used to remove children from their families, nations and cultures; to imprison people; and as a weapon of indifference in the failure to act to address the violence done to Indigenous Peoples (particularly women and children).  Indigenous laws – for caring for each other, for caring for the land, for mediating relationships across cultures and territories – continue to be ignored or undermined.

Canada remains a country incomplete : The failure to make space for Indigenous laws remains the unfinished business of Confederation.

Only by the active involvement of Indigenous laws can we avoid (re)conciliation morphing, unchallenged, into (re)colonization.