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Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson


  1. 1.
    Call To the Ancestors
  2. 2.
    Today We Will Go On Our Own Strength
  3. 3.
    Grizzly Bear Town
  4. 4.
    Cedar Sister
  5. 5.
    Have a Light Heart on Your New Journey
Canadian musician and lawyer for the Haida Nation, Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson has dedicated her life to the preservation of Haida land and culture.
In August 2017, Terri-Lynn released "Grizzly Bear Town” with guitarist Bill Henderson and saxophonist Claire Lawrence of acclaimed band Chilliwack. The songs illustrate Haida stories about land, resource stewardship and spirituality. Launched to critical acclaim, the album beautifully illustrates the trio’s ongoing commitment to preserving and promoting precepts of harmony and conservation.
Born in Haida Gwaii off the west coast of Canada, she began singing Haida songs when there were few Haida singers practicing their musical tradition due to cultural oppression. She learned the songs from her grandmothers, and then spent 30 years seeking out and recording traditional Haida songs. She received a ‘Keeper of Traditions’ Canadian Aboriginal Music Award in 2008.
In 2011 Terri-Lynn released ‘New Journeys’ and was named ‘Best Female Artist’ at the 2011 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. She worked with classical composer Bruce Ruddell, adding instrumentation to songs sung in Haida which was a new concept. Traditionally, indigenous songs contained no instrumentation and relied on drums and voice to tell the stories.
‘New Journeys” was named one of the top 10 Most Influential Indigenous Albums of 2011 by RPM Indigenous Music Culture.


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