Davidson’s Haida name is: Guud San Glans which means Eagle of The Dawn. He is a leading figure in the renaissance of Haida art and culture. Davidson is known internationally as a carver of totem poles and masks, printmaker, painter and jeweller.
He lives near Vancouver, working out of a studio on Semiahmoo First Nation land and making annual return visits to Haida Gwaii.
In infancy, he moved to the Haida village of Masset, British Columbia, on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Foreign high school, he moved to Vancouver to attend Point Grey Secondary School in 1965.
In 1966 he became apprenticed to the master Haida carver Bill Reid. In 1967 he began studies at the Vancouver School of Artist
In 1969 he raised the first totem pole on Haida Gwaii in approximately ninety years.
A significant solo exhibition of his work, Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge was organized by the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (University of British Columbia) for viewing at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in 2007.
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He is a member of the Eagle moiety, Ts"ał"lanas lineage.