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The Wren song, sung by John Ryan, Colliers
Descriptive TitleThe Wren song, sung by John Ryan, Colliers
CategoryMusic and song
TopicHolidays
Christmas
Ritual
KeywordsEffigies
Wren
DescriptionColliers resident John Ryan sings the wren song
Date2009-11-14
CollectorJarvis, Dale Gilbert, 1971-
InformantRyan, John
Location Depicted/DiscussedCanada--Newfoundland and Labrador--Colliers
Recording LocationCanada--Newfoundland and Labrador--Colliers
Relation.Is Part OfJohn Ryan interview on the Wren tradition, Colliers
NotesThe wren is just one of several Christmastime house-visiting traditions that continue in Newfoundland and Labrador. Typically, children and/or adults will visit homes within their community carrying around an effigy of a small bird—the wren. Upon entry into a home, they usually recite a poem about the wren and may offer some kind of performance, be it song, joke, or recitation. Often the host will offer up food, drink, or money for the visit. Unlike other house-visiting traditions, there are no disguises involved.
FormatAudio/wma
Extent00:49
TypeSound
Resource TypeAudio
LanguageEng
CollectionIntangible Cultural Heritage Inventory - Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
DownloadableYes
CONTENTdm file name25.wma
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