Haida Singer Artist Author Educator
Sondra Segundo-Cunningham is a multi-faceted artist and Haida Language Warrior/ Preserver.
She is the author and illustrator of “Killer Whale Eyes” and “Lovebirds – the True Story of Raven and Eagle”.
She is the Lead Female Vocalist of the Tribal Funk Band, Khu’éex’ which is based in Seattle and sings and tells stories in the Tlingit and Haida Languages. Sondra also produces music with her husband Eroc. From a young age, she grew up singing in a gospel choir and singing Haida songs with her Elders.
In 2018 she founded Haida Roots, an organization created specifically to preserve the Haida Language. Haida Roots enables Sondra to teach Haida – thus honoring the Elders and uplifting The Youth.
Sondra makes regular visits to Hydaburg Alaska, the village her ancestors come from. In Hydaburg she is able to practice Indigenous Food Sovereignty which is vital to preserving the Haida people. She plans to retire there.
She currently lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband Eric, children Sorrel, Seri, Shea, Mo, grandchild Xúuya Jáad and their mischievous Huskita Pup Kúndlaan.
- Debra Aningalan 2021