Laura Grizzlypaws

1 Nomination

Hand DrumTraditionalFirst NationsNative American

Grizzlypaws was born and raised in Lillooet, British Columbia in the Interior Plateau region, she is of St’át’imc descent. Her St’át’imc name is "Stálhalamcen – Grizzly Paws," She belongs to the people of Xwisten the Bear Clan Community. She is a mother of four. "Míxalhcen" ("Bear Paw"), "Skwel’tapis" ("Horse with the color of the Golden Sun") "Specwits’a7 (Blown Paint on a Horse") and “Sulyalesta” To have her Own Dance. Her children were named through ceremonial traditions guided by the Elders of her family.
At the age of sixteen, Grizzlypaws began to relearn the St’át’imc traditions her passion grew stronger in education and the heritage of her people it became a way of life. She is a dancer, drummer and a singer/songwriter, an academic, educator and a language and cultural advocate.
The experiences in her education provided her with the knowledge and skills with a focus on providing her recipients with the highest quality of cultural education based on the values and needs of the community while meeting the deliverables of the organization or project goals. Thorough knowledge of education and cultural values make way for a clear vision of the cultural expressions of the St’át’imc songs, oral traditions, storytelling, dances and the social interactions of the people.
Grizzlypaws songs are deeply rooted in traditional values of Indigenous peoples. Her songs and arrangements draw from her rich St'at'imc heritage influenced by a colonial way of life. In these disparate elements we can trace Grizzlypaws own multi continental life journey adding a cultural layer and spiritual dimension to her music through resilience. She expresses the need of revitalization for the survival of Indigenous peoples cultural heritage through hope, healing, resilience and empowerment of women. Her music is heartfelt and meaningful.

Nominations

  • 2019 Best Hand Drum Album for Come Home

Albums

Come Home

Come Home Laura Grizzlypaws

Released: November 19th, 2018

Songs

Come Home

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"Bears Teachings" from Come Home

Come Home

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"Displacement" from Come Home

Come Home

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"Traveling" from Come Home