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Dancing With Our Ancestors

By Sara Florence Davidson & Robert Davidson
Illustrated by Janine Gibbons
Categories: Children's Fiction, Indigenous, Multigenerational, Dance, Death & Dying
Series: Sk'ad'a Stories Series
Imprint: HighWater Press

Interest Age: 6–8
Grade: 1–3
Hardcover : 9781774920244, 40 pages, September 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781774920251, 40 pages, October 2022
Ebook (PDF) : 9781774920268, 40 pages, October 2022
Expected to ship: 2022-09-06
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Learn about the cultural significance of the Haida potlatch through the sights, sounds, and dances of this once-banned ceremony.


In this tender picture book, Sara Florence Davidson transports readers to the excitement of a potlatch in Hydaburg, Alaska—her last memory of dancing with her late brother.

It feels like my brother and I have always known how to sing the songs and dance the dances of our Haida ancestors. Unlike our father, we were born after the laws that banned our cultural practices were changed. The potlatch ban did not exist during our time, so we grew up dancing and singing side by side.

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.

Written by the creators of Potlatch as Pedagogy, this book brings the Sk'ad'a Principles to life through the art of Janine Gibbons.