“It is our hope that the music will help listeners of all ages develop a greater appreciation and understanding of indigenous musical genres, bringing an endangered indigenous language, worldview and supernatural beings out of concealment and suppression to reach broader and more diverse audiences.”
THE HEART OF THIS RECORDING IS IN THE EXPRESSION OF HAIDA LANGUAGE LYRICS IN A CONTEMPORARY SETTING. THE PROJECT BRIDGES CULTURES, RESPECTFULLY BLENDING ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE WITH CONTEMPORARY MUSIC.
Terri-Lynn brings her lyrics and melody together with Bill Henderson (Chilliwack) and Claire Lawrence who join in singing and providing the instrumentation.
They began recording demos in the spring of 2016, initial recordings in the fall of 2016, and will complete recording in winter 2017.
The working title for the album ‘Out of Concealment’ is the translation of the original name for Haida Gwaii, referring to Raven, the trickster taking the islands of Haida Gwaii out of concealment of the realm of the supernatural beings to share with humanity. The album lyrics tell aspects of that time before time.
The songs illustrate indigenous cultural concepts, including Haida stewardship and spiritual concepts. Some of the songs will contain new lyrics written about supernatural beings or crest-animals in states of transformation. Terri-Lynn was fortunate to work with the last fluent Haida speakers to translate lyrics for original compositions, from English to Haida.
"She of the Powerful Face” arrives on a reef from the ocean
The embodiment of fertility
Birthing Raven ancestresses
Birthing supernatural beings
that threaten another flood as they arrive
Her gaze gentle, but fierce
the gaze of a mother, protecting her children
Warding off all except Mouse Woman
transforming her so that she can help others
attain their dreams
She nurses her children, our ancestors
Reminding them that our birthplace is the ocean
The waters and foam, her eternal strength
She appears yet today
Gracing the shoreline and rivers
with vestiges of herself
Reminding us of that ancient time