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ICH - Central Newfoundland



Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory - Central Newfoundland Located in the heart of Newfoundland, the central region contains some of the best outdoor experiences to be found in the province. This region stems from Springdale in the west to Gander in the East. In this central region you can see clapboard houses sitting atop rocky coasts, and wharves and boats testifying to the continuing importance of the centuries-old fishing industry. Most of the people living here descended from West Country fishermen who settled the shores more than two centuries ago. The region also has a rich aboriginal history that dates back 5,000 years and includes the Beothuks as well as the Dorset people who carved soapstone pots at Newfoundland's first quarry.

Barr'd Islands
The Fogo Island Inventory is an archive of materials collected from nine communities on Fogo Island: Tilting, Joe Batt's Arm, Little Fogo Island, Barr'd Island, Shoal Bay, Seldom-Come-By, Deep Bay, Island Harbour and the Town of Fogo. The materials collected vary across the wide spectrum of intangible cultural heritage. Included in the inventory is fishing premises and practices, berry picking, wedding customs, fiddling, vernacular architecture, cultural landscapes, food preparation, textile traditions, and furniture. This is not an exhausted list but only a sampling of the types of intangible cultural heritage that was documented in Fogo Island during the Intangible Cultural Heritage inventory. The Barr'd Island section of this extensive archive has both research conducted in the summer of 2007 and materials collected in 1989. With a number of videos, pictures and audio interviews this inventory covers a number of elements of Barr'd Island's intangible cultural heritage. Included in this list are fishing methods, fishing premises, parts of the stage and the issues affecting Barr'd Island after the moratorium. The collector of this material for the summer of 2007 is Maureen Power. The earlier material was collected by Gerald Pocius and Mark Ferguson.

Deep Bay
The Deep Bay section of this extensive archive has both research conducted in the summer of 2007 and materials collected in 1989, 1992, and 1996. With a number of videos, pictures and audio interviews this inventory covers a number of elements of Deep Bay's intangible cultural heritage. Included in this list are fishing methods, fishing premises, parts of the stage and the issues affecting Deep Bay after the moratorium. The collector of this material for the summer of 2007 is Maureen Power. The earlier material was collected by Gerald Pocius, Mark Ferguson, and Robert St. George.

Grand Falls-Windsor
The area now known as Grand Falls-Windsor was first settled in 1905 when representatives of the London Daily Mail established the site for Newfoundland's first pulp and paper mill. Under the leadership of the Harmsworth brothers, the Anglo-Newfoundland Development (A.N.D.) Company attracted workers from all over the colony, the mainland of North America and Europe.

The former towns of Grand Falls and Windsor amalgamated in 1991, and formed the new community of Grand Falls-Windsor.

The Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society was formed in 1997 and incorporated in 1998 as a registered charity. This collection contains material from the Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society including their Grand Falls-Windsor Oral History Collection completed mid-1990s to mid-2000s in celebration of the town's centennial which focused on the mill and the town of Grand Falls. Other materials include interviews about the merchants of Main Street in Windsor as well as photographs and videos from the Heritage Society.


Joe Batt's Arm
The Joe Batt's Arm section of this extensive archive has both research conducted in the summer of 2007 and materials collected in 1989, 1992, and 1996. With a number of videos, pictures and audio interviews this inventory covers a number of elements of Joe Batt's Arm's intangible cultural heritage. Included in this list are wedding customs, berry picking, lassie tart baking, festival customs, and fishing premises. The fishing premises inventory is an examination of what fishing stages were in Joe Batt's Arm by location, and what is still standing. The collectors of this material for the summer of 2007 are Maureen Power and Evelyn Osborne (fiddle). The earlier collections were conducted by Gerald Pocius, Mark Ferguson, and Robert St. George.

Little Fogo Island
The Little Fogo Island section of this extensive archive has both research conducted in the summer of 2007 and materials collected in 1992. With a number of videos and pictures this inventory covers the fishing buildings, St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church and elements of the cultural landscape. The collector of this material for the summer of 2007 is Maureen Power. Gerald Pocius and Mark Ferguson collected the material from 1992.

Seldom-Come-By
The Seldom-Come-By section of this extensive archive was conducted in the summer of 2007. With a number of videos and pictures this inventory covers a number of elements of Seldom-Come-By's intangible cultural heritage. Included in this list are boat building, festival customs and accordion playing. The collectors of this material for the summer of 2007 are Maureen Power and Evelyn Osborne (ethnomusicologist).

Tilting
The Tilting section of this extensive archive has both research conducted in the summer of 2007 and materials collected in 1989, 1992, and 1996. With a number of videos, pictures and audio interviews this inventory covers a number of elements of Tilting's intangible cultural heritage. Included in this list are textile traditions (hooked mats and quilts), festival customs (parade, pot luck and folk music), cultural landscape, vernacular furniture, vernacular architecture, fish processing, and fishing premises. The collectors of this material for the summer of 2007 are Maureen Power. The earlier collections were conducted by Gerald Pocius, Mark Ferguson, and Robert St. George.

Town of Fogo
The Town of Fogo section of this extensive archive has both research conducted in the summer of 2007 and materials collected in 1992. With a number of videos and pictures, this inventory covers a number of elements of the Town of Fogo?s intangible cultural heritage. Included in this list are cultural landscape, folk art, vernacular architecture, fisheries architecture, fisheries techniques, and folk poetry. The collector of this material for the summer of 2007 was Maureen Power. The earlier collections were conducted by Gerald Pocius and Mark Ferguson.

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