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Godwin, Bill, Part 2. Interview with Bill Godwin, Barr'd Islands.
Descriptive TitleGodwin, Bill, Part 2. Interview with Bill Godwin, Barr'd Islands.
Social beliefs, practices and customs
TopicArchitecture, building and construction
Cod fishing
Entertainment and recreation
Commercial fishing
Fishing equipment
Personal experience narratives
KeywordsCod filleting
Fish processing
Fishing stages
Fishing stores
Salt cod
Split cod
Splitting knives
Splitting tables
Person as TopicGodwin, Bill
DescriptionBill Godwin discusses life and social mores as it was in the outport of Barr'd Islands, Newfoundland in the past; work that was done raising vegetables, cutting and hauling wood, building homes; fishing, salting cod; storytelling, ghost stories and other tales.
CollectorPocius, Gerald L.
Ferguson, Mark
InformantGodwin, Bill
Location Depicted/DiscussedCanada--Newfoundland and Labrador--Fogo Island--Barr'd Islands
RelationContinues: ICHFP00313 (Interview with Bill Godwin, Barr'd Islands, Part 1); Continued by: ICHFP00315 (Interview with Bill Godwin, Barr'd Islands, Part 3)
Extent30:11 minutes
Resource TypeAudio
RepositoryMemorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA), Acc. No 97-881
CollectionIntangible Cultural Heritage Inventory - Central Newfoundland
Log00:00 Would the men go fishing alone? (No.) -- 00:20 The pregnancy of a young girl would be the talk of the community -- 00:30 Story about his sister getting pregnant -- 01:15 "Hard times, but everybody was happy." -- 01:25 No snowplows, could go across the harbor on the snow -- 01:35 Pigs and sheeps and goats and vegetables -- 01:45 "We lived like kings." -- 01:50 Pig's bladder into a football -- 02:25 Where they got the wood for the stages -- 03:00 Dad had thirteen dogs, hauled the wood -- 03:30 Gave away a saw, house made with spikes -- 03:45 History of the house -- 04:00 A man from Chicago comes a calling, says he was born there -- 04:35 Tells Bill about where it was moved from. Man called Steve Caul. -- 05:10 House over 130 years old -- 05:25 Never touched the roof, 15 to 20 layers of felt (?) -- 05:34 Discussion about the roof, other rooms in the house -- 07:30 Wedding traditions - shooting off guns -- 07:55 "If the girl was pregnant before they got married, it was called a shotgun wedding." -- 08:20 "It was flakes and stages years ago, there weren't a bit of land to be seen." -- 08:30 Reminiscing about the days back then, the way things were years ago -- 09:05 What they would do when it would rain (they would run) - the old fellers could forecast -- 09:20 Story about their old radio they had - big battery, wire from radio to battery -- 10:00 What they would listen to -- 10:20 "My dad used to have a violin..." -- 10:50 Family history and family professions -- 11:30 Discussion on building of stage, sons in Labrador, making their money -- 13:15 "That's [stage] only a shell compared to the rest." -- 13:35 "Every year I used to lose one..." -- 13:45 "The ice'd come in." -- 14:00 Used twelve-inch nails -- 14:20 "But I wouldn't change it for the world... This is the life." -- 14:35 Downfall is money, the "fish is a failure" -- 14:55 Current process for selling fish -- 15:20 800 pounds salt fish = $700 -- 15:55 Beer, darts, pool, going out with the boys -- 16:05 Salt fish, pounds or crab boxes -- 16:45 Salted vs. dried - dried makes more money -- 18:15 Making it heavier with a rubber hose, not allowed to do that -- 18:30 More salt today or less salt today -- 18:40 Description of salt usage in the past - boat, wharf, chute, wheelbarrow, "hog's head of salt" -- 19:15 The family would come down to help with the salt -- 19:30 One pound in the stage purposed for salt -- 19:55 Discussion of surrounding area -- 20:30 No shelter at all from the wind -- 20:45 All stages still being used -- 21:10 Salting differences, now and then -- 21:25 Helping his dad with fish, getting money for Christmas, 50 cents for each child -- 22:15 Killing seals in the spring - four dollars for a quintal of seals (4 to 5 pelts) -- 22:55 Buying a whole round of cheese, or a barrel of apples -- 24:15 Men hid imported rum in the store -- 24:45 Herring factory, visitors -- 25:30 "A lot of stories told years ago, ghost --stories, things they seen when they were boys, and they'd have you beleive this!" -- 25:50 No lights, just an old lamp on the wall, -- 26:00 Storytelling - pirate ships -- 26:30 Once the mayor for three years, he invited the governor general Dr. Patton (?) over -- 27:20 Gave a speech: The Story of how Joe Batt's Arm got its name *** -- 28:35 "Joey Smallwood was their man." -- 29:05 Ghost stories down at the stage
Topic.LCSHBarr'd Island (N.L.)--Social life and customs
Fishery processing
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