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Strange Terrain

Fairies might be good or bad, and encounters with them funny or fatal. They can take on the form of people or animals, or they may have no form at all, as when a person walking in the woods is “led ...

The Music of Our Burnished Axes

While well-known songs such as “The Badger Drive” and “Tickle Cove Pond” provide glimpses into the hard labour and rich culture of woods work in early twentieth-century Newfoundland and Labrador, ...

Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge

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 ...

Folksongs and Folk Revival

In 1965, the classically trained musician and composer Kenneth Peacock published a three-volume work, Songs of the Newfoundland Outports, based on six years of collecting folksongs in that province on ...

Cows Don't Know it's Sunday

Before 1950, the greatest number of Newfoundland farmers lived in the St. John's area. They and the townsfolk were interdependent, with the farmers providing meat, poultry, garden and dairy products to ...

Making a World of Difference

Tourism is a major cultural and economic force in the world. Many people in Newfoundland are embracing tourism as a possible way out of the province's economic difficulties. How is the "world of difference," ...

Living in a Material World

This book offers scholarly state-of-the-art presentations concerning material culture research at this critical stage in its development. These essays describe the emerging field of Material Culture Studies ...

Saying Isn't Believing

This study focuses on the supernatural belief tradition of a French Newfoundland community. Using a combination of descriptive and analytic techniques from the fields of folklore, linguistic anthropology ...

A Public Nuisance

This critical and irreverent history of the Mummers Troupe demands the attention of theatre enthusiasts everywhere. With wit and polemic, Brookes, the Troupe's director who has experience with 'activist' ...

"Bloody decks and a Bumper Crop"

A folklorist looks at the responses of Newfoundlanders to the international seal hunt protest during the late sixties and seventies.