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    Fawn WoodFawn Wood

    Fawn Wood was born in the rhythm of Round Dance season on an icy October evening. That evening resonated with the spirit of the Round Dance from her Cree ancestors through her father Earl Wood of Saddle Lake, Alberta. That same evening also echoed with the Salish chants and hums of the Whonnock and Stlatlimx peoples, the tribal heritage of her mother Cindy Jim-Wood. Since then, Fawn’s distinct style reflects the confluence of her parents’ tribal lineages.

    At an early age Fawn would sing her heart out at Pow-Wows alongside her mother and father at their big drum, singing out of tune, but happy. In 1988, she was her parents’ sidekick when she was first introduced to the Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow. While she was exposed to Pow-Wows from a very early age, she also grew up singing the songs of the longhouse of the Fraser Valley and the berry picking songs of her mother’s Stlatlimx people.

    In 2006 Fawn was the first female to win the Hand Drum contest at the Gathering of Nation’s Pow-Wow. This endeared her to Indian Country and in 2009 she went on to sing “The Proposal” in front of tens of thousands. Fawn represented her family and the community in the televised opening of the 11th Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS). Along with her partner, Cree singer Dallas Waskahat, Fawn opened up the televised broadcast of Manito Ahbee’s 2010 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    On her journey of life Fawn has developed a style of song that mimics her relationship with her people, herself, her family, and community. Her compositions draw upon her array of life experiences, those happy and those times that are challenging. Her personal lyrics strongly reflect who she is. She is confident to show her strengths and not afraid to express weaknesses. Fawn especially reveals how song can be a vehicle of humorous expression in the face of life’s most challenging aspects. Through music, Fawn seeks to encourage hope for the betterment of all Indigenous people, especially by encouraging Indigenous women to connect to their identity through song. Last, she seeks to inspire the recognition of connectivity with one’s Native ancestors in order to guide people towards what needs to be done here in the physical world as well as the spiritual.