“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.”

-Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

 

 
 
 

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.

Recording live at the village of SGang Gwaay in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, a World Heritage Site.

Recording live at the village of SGang Gwaay in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, a World Heritage Site.

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.

Terri-Lynn, Bill and Claire in the recording studio

Terri-Lynn, Bill and Claire in the recording studio

Foam Woman

"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