ICH - Oral Traditions and Expressions
The oral traditions and expressions domain encompasses an enormous variety of spoken forms including proverbs, riddles, tales, nursery rhymes, legends, myths, charms, prayers, songs, dramatic performances and more. Oral traditions and expressions are used to pass on knowledge, cultural and social values and collective memory. They play a crucial part in keeping cultures alive.
Through most of Newfoundland and Labrador history, artists expressed themselves primarily through the folk arts, much of it transmitted orally from one generation to another. This collection includes material related to storytelling, recitations, songs and ballads, folktales, sayings, or chants. Much of this artistic material was locally composed, but performances could be drawn either from an older traditional repertory or learned more recently, sometimes from printed sources. The collection also includes recordings on contemporary and applied storytelling.
The Hiram Silk Collection
The Hiram Silk Collection is a set of field recordings from the early 1950s to the 1980s. These archival records feature interviews with Newfoundlanders, largely from Bonavista and Notre Dame bays, about life in the past. Hiram Silk was born in Grand Falls in 1929, son of Elfreda (Brown) and Thomas Silk. He was the winner of the O'Leary Newfoundland Poetry Award in 1951, and from the early 1950s up to his retirement in 1990, Silk worked as a radio broadcaster based out of Grand Falls, hosting such programs as "Looking Back" and "Sounds of Faith."
Canada has an open immigration policy designed to attract new immigrants. Many come from the former Socialist block, creating new diaspora communities. These communities gradually grow, forming a significant part of the Canadian population. This project focuses on diaspora groups established by recent immigrants to Canada from the former socialist block. It concentrates on the ways newcomers respond and contribute to their new locations, creating a new sense of belonging and identity. A particular focus is placed on the ways that new immigrants selectively maintain or abandon their European beliefs and practices, while simultaneously absorbing the values and ideas of Canadian society.
Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory