You are here

Out of Concealment - Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii

A presentation through art & music of the ancient feminine in Haida oral traditions with TERRI-LYNN WILLIAMS-DAVIDSON
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.


Seating is limited. Early arrival recommended.

join & share Facebook event

Haida artist, performer, and activist Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson will present her new book, Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii (Heritage House, 2017). Featuring striking images and narratives, the book re-imagines dozens of ancient feminine Supernatural Beings and crest figures from the origin stories of the Haida Nation. These historical narratives, passed down for millennia, illustrate Haida values, customs, laws, and relationships with the earthly and metaphysical realms. Transforming her image into SGuuluu Jaad, Foam Woman; Ts'uu K'waayGa, Cedar Sister; Xuu.ajii 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.  

Terri-Lynn will also discuss her new album, Grizzly Bear Town, released in August 2017 with guitarist Bill Henderson and saxophonist Claire Lawrence. The songs on the album honour female Supernatural Beings and crest figures and are sung entirely or in-part in the endangered Haida language.

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson is a musician, artist, and lawyer who has dedicated her life to the continuation of Haida culture. Born and raised in Haida Gwaii off the west coast of Canada, Terri-Lynn has been a promoter of Haida music since the age of 13, when she was drawn to the songs her centenarian great-grandmother sang. For her work, which has spanned almost 40 years and has helped bring renewal to Haida songs, she received a ‘Keeper of Traditions’ Canadian Aboriginal Music Award in 2008. and

“Out of Concealment is a critical, original, and wondrous iteration of ancient histories and wisdoms.”

— Nika Collison, curator, Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llangaay

"In this book, Terri-Lynn has given us a great gift. It is a work of exquisite power and beauty. As you follow its details, it will change how you see life itself."

John Borrows, Canadian Research Chair in Indigenous Law, University of Victoria