ILS Book Talk: Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:30 to 14:00

Indigenous Classroom, Rm 123

Out of Concealment 

In Out of Concealment, Haida artist, performer and activist Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson 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, and reinforce a worldview through which the natural environment is a sacred domain, not to be dominated or exploited. 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. Blending visual and performance art with personal reflection, meticulous ethnographic research, and traditional Haida ethical principles, Out of Concealment places the wisdom of Supernatural Beings in a modern context and invites us to reconsider our own relationship to the land, the sea, and the sky. Foreword by Wade Davis and Gwaaganad (Diane Brown).

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson is a unique voice for indigenous cultures. She is a Haida musician, artist, and lawyer, well known for her work in aboriginal-environmental law and as a recognized keeper of traditions. Born and raised in Haida Gwaii, Terri-Lynn has dedicated herself to the continuation of Haida culture. The traditional Haida songs her centenarian great-grandmother sang have motivated and been a beacon throughout her life, leading her to help preserve a legacy of Haida music through the Haida Gwaii Singers Society.