On Wednesday, December 17, CBC Radio Noon host Ramona Deering will be joined by special guest Chris Brookes for an hour long program on the Christmas mummering tradition in Newfoundland and Labrador. Listen, or phone in with your memories of mummers, janneys, hobby horses, wren boys, oonchicks and naluyuks. Program starts at 1:30 in Newfoundland (12 EST).
As part of the implementation of Province’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Strategic Plan, the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (HFNL) is looking for a graduate level student interested in applying for a position involving both an internship and a research project. The student will divide their time between the HFNL and Memorial University. The intern will work with the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (HFNL) on a research project to create a model for an annual folklife festival. As part of that research project, the student will work closely with Dr. Gerald Pocius, Dept. of Folklore, MUN, to investigate issues and approaches to this event.
The student will organize and oversee a one-day festival, and will focus on creating a framework for appropriate cultural presentations following a festival format, sensitive to the needs of grassroots cultural groups. The student will prepare an organizational manual which will discuss details about choices made for performance contexts, issues of choosing presenters for the performances and demonstrations, and issues of repertoire, performance styles, and audience expectations. The event will be documented through still and video photography, and archived through Memorial’s Digital Archives Initiative. The development of a framework for appropriate cultural presentations, and research leading to a manual for community development of folklife festivals, will be of immediate relevance to HFNL in developing an annual provincial folklife festival.
This would be a 4 month internship, starting early in 2009, pending funding approvals. Interested graduate students should send a cover letter, including a statement of research interests and any relevant work experience, with CV, by December 17th , to:
Applications are invited by the Helen Creighton Folklore Society for Grants-in-Aid to scholars, researchers, museums, and archives for projects relating to folklore research, collection, and publication.
These grants are intended to provide encouragement, not the sole support, for research or publication projects. They can contribute to research equipment, field trip projects, editing and illustrating material about to be published.
They can also assist researchers by offering professional assessment, thereby strengthening the applicant's position in larger competitions.
The Society operates on a limited budget, and tries to assist as many individuals and institutions as possible with limited resources. Grants are normally for $750, with the possibility of renewal; the size of grants may vary.
Announcements will be made by March 31, 2009.
Student applicants should provide a transcript, two letters from academic supervisors, and a prospectus and budget for their project. Scholars and experienced researchers should provide a CV, one supporting letter from a peer, a prospectus and budget.
Archival and museum administrators should outline how their proposal relates to an on-going program of collection, cataloguing or indexing of their materials.
Applications, bearing a postmark up to February 28, 2009, should be addressed to:
The Helen Creighton Folklore Society, Research Support Committee, c/o James H. Morrison, Chair, 6289 Yale Street, Halifax, NS. B3L 1C9 Fax: (902) 420-5141
Natuashish (Labrador). For Immediate Release. 21 November 2008
Labrador Innu made history today by putting on line the first comprehensive cultural website dedicated entirely to Aboriginal place names. Called Pepamuteiati nitassinat (‘As We Walk Across Our Land’), the website gives access to over 500 Innu place names in Labrador, as well as stories, photos, and video clips associated with the names. The website can be explored at www.innuplaces.ca
Innu Nation Grand Chief, Mark Nui, said, “Place names are very important to our people because they are a gateway to our history on the land. Many younger Innu who have gone through the provincial educational system have never learned these names. We hope that the website will help them learn about their culture and history.”
Lots of place names in Labrador come from the Innu (e.g. Minipi-Lake from Minai-nipi, meaning ‘burbot lake’), but others were given by pilots, mining companies, settlers and outfitters and were imposed on places that already had Innu names. The website will enable the Innu and members of the general public to start using the Innu place names, to learn about the meaning of the names and how to pronounce them.
Other Aboriginal groups have been doing place name research over the years, and some are in the process of publishing their own websites (e.g. James Bay Cree and Norwegian Sámi). However, Pepamuteiati nitassinat is the first, comprehensive one put on line to date.
Grand Chief Nui pointed out that “Over thirty years of research with our Elders went in to this website. It’s a gift from our Elders to younger Innu people. It’s part of our Elders’ legacy. It’s also an important part of our intangible cultural heritage that will help educate people about the richness of our history and traditions.”
The website was made possible by contributions from many institutions and agencies including multimedia company Idéeclic, Environment Canada, Parks Canada, Memorial University Linguistics, and Canadian Boreal Trust. The Innu Nation wishes to acknowledge the generous financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through Canadian Culture Online.
HFNL has just released a new booklet designed to give a basic introduction to Intangible Cultural Heritage The booklet gives a brief overview of intangible cultural heritage, and outlines the four goals identified in the province’s ICH strategy for safeguarding our living heritage: 1. Documenting ICH and living traditions; 2. Recognizing and celebrating ICH; 3. Supporting and encouraging the passing on of knowledge and skills; and, 4. Exploring the potential of ICH as a resource for community development.