SEPTEMBER 15, 1896

HAIDA JADAŁ Q’EGƏNGÁ  (FLORENCE EDENSHAW DAVIDSON) BORN—NOTED WEAVER

Born in Masset, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, and daughter of famed Haida artist Chief Charles Edenshaw, her Haida name meant “Story Maid.”  Florence assisted her mother in sewing button blankets when she was a child and was renowned for her blankets and for sewing baskets of spruceroot and cedar bark.  Her daughter Primrose Adams, also an artist, was the 2011 recipient of the Creative Lifetime Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art.  In the 1960s, Florence was consultant on Haida culture and Masset history to Christie Harris, author of Raven’s Cry.  She was also a major consultant on Haida language to John Enrico.  Florence became well known through her collaborative autobiography, During My Time—Florence Edenshaw Davidson; A Haida Woman, written with the anthropologist Margaret B. Blackman, published in 1982.  She died December 13, 1993.

Source: 
 “Carol Sheenan, “Florence Davidson,” The Canadian Encyclopedia, 5/25/2008.  Retrieved 1/7/2021, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/florence-davidson 
 “Florence Edenshaw Davidson,” Robert Davidson Web Page.  Retrieved 1/7/2021, https://www.robertdavidson.ca/family
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Photo:  Ulli Steltzer (1923-2018), 1976.  Fair Use.

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