Sara Florence Davidson
Sara Florence Davidson (she/her/hers) is a Haida/Settler Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Previously, she was an educator working with adolescents in the K–12 in British Columbia and Yukon Territory. Sara is the co-author of Potlatch as Pedagogy: Learning Through Ceremony, which she wrote with her father, and Magical Beings of Haida Gwaii, which she wrote with her stepmother, Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson. When she is not reading or writing, Sara can be found walking with her dogs, drinking tea, or listening to stories and learning something new.
Books by Sara Florence Davidson
The invitations have been sent. The food has been prepared. The decorations have been hung. And now the day of the potlatch has finally arrived! Guests from all over come to witness this bittersweet but joyful celebration of Haida culture and community.
Off the northern tip of Haida Gwaii, a boy goes fishing with his tsinii, his grandfather. As they watch the weather, jig for halibut, and row with the tides, there's more to learn from Tsinii than how to catch a fish.
With the help of his father and grandfather, a boy on Haida Gwaii practices to become a skillful carver. As he carefully works on a new piece, he remembers a trip to Slatechuck Mountain to gather the argillite, as well as his father’s words about the importance of looking back to help us find our way.
Banned for 67 years by the Canadian government, the potlatch is the foundational ceremony of the Haida people. Inspired by these traditions, educator Sara Florence Davidson and renowned artist Robert Davidson present a model for learning that is holistic, relational, practical, and continuous.
This collection of contemporary poetry, art, and narrative supports K–12 teachers in connecting with Indigenous voices and perspectives, bringing Indigenous works in their classrooms, and creating equitable teaching practices.
Every summer, a Haida girl and her family travel up the Yakoun River on Haida Gwaii, following the salmon. While their father fishes, the girl and her brother spend their time on the land playing and learning from Tsinii (Grandfather).
This guide for all grade levels helps teachers engage students in intergenerational learning and authentic experiences. Find educator resources and inspirations, guidance on how to use the S?'ad'a principles, the significance of this series to Haida cultural resurgence, and critical perspectives on the impact of colonialism.