Born into a respected multi-generational singing tradition, Fawn Wood's vocal artistry reflects the confluence of her Cree and Salish tribal lineages. Her debut recording, Iskwewak (meaning "women" in Cree), collects songs of honor and celebration along with Round Dance songs that mirror the world seen through the eyes of a Native American woman. Iskwewak honors the qualities of strength, intuition and love that form the cultural inheritance of Indigenous women. Fawn Wood continues to redefine the standard for North American indigenous vocals in her first solo album Iskwewak. Released in 2012, Iskwewak is produced and distributed by Canyon Records and is Fawn’s first solo album with the label and features a beautiful collection of songs reflecting both Fawn’s traditional cultural heritage of the coastal Salish people and contemporary round dance as well as solo vocals and collaborations with her husband Dallas Washakat.
A widely recognized couple in Indian Country, Dallas and Fawn became a symbol of old-fashioned “Indian love” when Dallas proposed to Fawn live at North America’s largest powwow – the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their collective voice, on the powwow trail and beyond, is renowned and well featured in Iskwewak: Songs of Indigenous Womanhood.
Titled Kikāwiynaw meaning “our mother,” Wood’s latest collection honors the female spirit. Her clear, warm, and expressive voice is an open door—guiding you into her round dance, hand game, and traditional songs. Once inside, you’re greeted with layered, ethereal harmonies and occasional gentle instrumentation that gently wrap you in their warmth.
Wood’s music invites you to connect with your spirit as she travels through themes of longing, loss, remembrance, family, celebration, and gratitude and it's an invitation that can't be refused by your ears and heart.