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Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge Volume I

Excerpts from Chapters I and II

By Pam Hall
Categories: Cultural Studies, Art, Folklore, Newfoundland And Labrador Studies
Series: Visualizing the North Atlantic
Series Number: 1
Hardcover : 9781550816747, 208 pages, May 2017

An exploration of art as a form of making and mobilizing knowledge, revealing many ways of knowing that are local and living.


  • Winner, Heritage and History Book Award 2018


From boat-building to berries, from knitting socks to mending nets, Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge vividly presents the rich, place-based knowings and doings of more than one hundred knowledge-holders from rural Newfoundland. Renowned artist Pam Hall perfectly marries her singular artistic vision and her exhaustive community-based research in a stunning celebration and preservation of rural knowledge. These images and texts come together to reveal and revalue the local in a time when global monoculture seems overwhelming.


The work is informative, illuminating, testimonial and preservative. This encyclopedia is as one-of-a-kind as the knowledge it holds between its blue covers.

- Joan Sullivan, The Telegram

…a stunning book honouring the people of rural Newfoundland and their wide-ranging expertise.

- Atlantic Books Today

Sheer joy emanating from each page…the Encyclopedia lovingly archives knowledge at risk of being lost.

- Sara Spike, Acadiensis