Reviews for Out of Concealment
“SGaanaa qedas, Supernatural Beings, have been illustrated for millennia in art such as totem poles, paintings on bent-wood boxes, carved spoons, and button blankets. Terri-Lynn’s interpretations of the Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii give us a fresh personal look, in their natural settings. It’s exciting how she has brought them out of the treasure box to the forefront, broadening our awareness that they are truly still alive.”
—Guud San Glans, Robert Davidson CM, OBC
"In this learned, sensual, moving celebration of the female supernatural beings who animate the waters, land, and skies of Haida Gwaii, Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson prepares a roadmap for the future . . . . Out of Concealment is a book of wondrous transformations and a call for justice.
—Colin Browne, author, Entering Time: The Fungus Man Platters of Charles Edenshaw
“In this book Terri-Lynn has given us a great gift. It is a work of exquisite power and beauty. As you follows its details, it will change how you see life itself.”
—John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, University of Victoria
"In her own life, this amazing Haida woman has transformed herself through many careers, from a computer scientist to the lawyer for the Haida Nation, to a beautiful dancer and singer of Haida songs, and altogether a great Haida Raven woman of Skedans. Terri-Lynn wants our children to become familiar with the Supernaturals like Nil Jaad, Killer Whale Woman, so that they become part of their learning and part of our natural ways again, as it was with our grandparents."
—From the foreword by GwaaGanad, Diane Brown
“This book is a mind-blowing masterpiece. Like all great art, it pierces the heart and electrifies the mind. Beauty and brilliance burst from the pages like a killer whale breaching from the sea.”
—David R. Boyd, environmental lawyer, professor, and author of The Rights of Nature: A Legal Revolution that Could Save the World
"A critical, original and wondrous iteration of ancient histories and wisdoms."
—Nika Collison, curator, Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay.
"In this brave and original book, Terri-Lynn imagines and gives form to the invisible dimensions of the Haida world—the female Supernatural Beings of the Sky Realm, of the Land and Sea. As a performing artist . . . she takes on the persona of each spiritual entity, imagining and crafting their adornments, clothing and hair, magical wings and feathers, the eyes of the divine. Each new role implies an act of transformation, which she embraces and celebrates as an essential force in Haida life. . . She deliberately uses her own body and being as a vehicle of expression, not as an act of vanity but rather as homage to the primordial forces that she honours with every portrait."
—from the foreword by Wade Davis