WILLIAMS-DAVIDSON, Terri-Lynn




Author Tags: Aboriginal Authors

Haida artist, performer and activist Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson published Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii (Heritage 2017), a book of Haida Nation origin stories. Passed down through oral traditions, these stories are about Haida values and customs regarding both earthly and metaphysical realms. In more than 30 colour photo collages, Williams-Davidson illustrates Haida mythological beings that encourage readers to see the feminine and the powerful in land and seascapes. It is also a call to respect the environment. The book accompanied an exhibition of Williams-Davidson's work shown at the Haida Gwaii Museum in June, 2017.

Williams-Davidson is an activist through art and music, and also law. Born in Haida Gwaii, she has promoted Haida music and culture since the age of thirteen. Since 1995, she has successfully represented the Haida Nation at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2014, she received the West Coast Environmental Law People's Choice Andrew Thompson Award for environmental advocacy. In 2000, she founded the Haida Gwaii Singers Society with other veteran Haida singers including her husband, artist Robert Davidson. She has received multiple awards for her music, including several Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, an Aboriginal People’s Choice Award, Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Western Canadian Music Award, and Native American Music Awards.

BOOKS:

Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii (Heritage 2017) $29.95 978-1-77203-160-7

[BCBW 2017]