The following is an excerpt from Hilary Stewart’s, “Robert Davidson: Haida Printmaker”
“The natural birthing of the Davidson’s first child was a profoundly moving experience for both parents. The father’s twelve-hour participation in the event impressed him so greatly that he created a second design, asking his wife to choose which should be the birth announcement card. She chose the new design.
Davidson marked the importance of the occasion by making – for the first time – a signed limited edition of a personal card. The first twenty were made as prints, the rest contained the message: sara florence davidson, 3. 4. 1973, 8.6oz, 11.50 pm.
In a sensitivev portrayal, the card shows the Raven mother as both human and Raven at the same time by having attributes of each. A pair of lungs in the body cavity emphasize her regulated breathing, and partially closed eyes indicate her bearing down as the child emerges.
The baby, with a human body, is also a Raven, since all Haida people trace their lineage through their mother. Looking very newborn with her small immature head, the infant climbs out of the mother’s body much as did the first humans when Raven, the creator, summoned the original Haida people from a clam shell.”