Children's Books

Learning to Carve Argillite


from the Sk'ad'a Stories Series
by Sara Florence Davidson | Robert Davidson | illustrated by Janine Gibbons

Grade: for grades 2–5
SKU: 978-1-55379-984-9 Categories: ,
This item will be released on September 21, 2021.

$21.95

Pub Date: 09/28/2021
Format:
  • Hardcover

Based on Haida artist Robert Davidson’s own childhood experiences, this beautiful story highlights learning through observation, as well as the role of Elders in sharing knowledge and mentorship.

Learning to carve is a lifelong journey. With the help of his father and grandfather, a boy on Haida Gwaii practises 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.

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

A quiet, beautiful meditation on how traditions are kept alive by passing them down from one generation to the next, by remembering the ways things were so we can more clearly see the way things can be. Shaped by youth, under the watchful guidance of Elders, like etchings in argillite.
David A. Robertson, author to The Barren Grounds

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