Haida album wins at award ceremony

  • Dec. 7, 2009 10:00 a.m.

The Haida Gwaii Singers Society received more recognition for its Legacy Project for its CD “Lalaxaaygans: Beautiful Sound, Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson”, which received the “Best Female Traditional/Cultural Roots” at the 2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA).The award was presented at November 27 in Hamilton, Ontario. The ceremony was dedicated to Mother Earth, and Ms Williams-Davidson opened the evening with a love song for Mother Earth. The ceremony will be televised at a later date on CityTV.This is the second CAMA for Ms Williams-Davidson, who last year received the “Keeper of Traditions” special award for her dedication to Haida music. “The CAMA awards gala ceremony was an inspiring experience: to share the stage withdiverse aboriginal talent across Canada, including the iconic Buffy Ste. Marie! It is exciting for our ancient musical traditions to gain wider recognition, and to help shine a light on the beautiful songs of the Haida Nation”, said Ms Williams-Davidson.The goal of the Haida Gwaii Singers’ Legacy Project is to give new voice to ancient songs. The society is comprised of five singers from the Haida Nation who have worked together since 1978. Reg Davidson is the principal dancer for the Rainbow Creek Dancers, and a renowned artist. Robert Davidson is the principal singer and founder of the Rainbow Creek Dancers, and an internationally acclaimed artist. Guujaaw is a powerful singer who has circled the globe as a performer, and has mentored many younger singers. He is President of the Haida Nation, and a well-known sculptor in wood and a traditional medicine practitioner. Marianne Jones has been a dancer and singer with the Rainbow Creek Dancers for 20 years, and is also a filmmaker, actress and creative director of Urban Rez Productions. Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson has recorded for film, television and stage productions, and has performed throughout the world; she is also an aboriginal-environmental lawyer.The “Lalaxaaygans: Beautiful Sound” CD is part of the Haida Gwaii Singers Contemporary Anthology, which contains 5 CDs and 86 songs. As part of its LegacyProject, the Haida Gwaii Singers Society also released an Archival Anthology of digitized archival recordings of 230 songs in 9 CDs. Both box sets of 14 CDs are also available in a Limited Edition cedar Collector Box. Sample sound tracks and all sets are available at www.haidagwaiisingers.ca, or through the society at info@haidagwaiisingers.ca, 604-536-5541.