THE BAY ROBERTS CULTURAL FOUNDATION -
INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FIELD SCHOOL - 2017
Memorial University graduate students in folklore experienced Newfoundland culture in Bay Roberts as part of an International Folklore Field School. The exerience began in June, 2017 when Dale Jarvis and his team led animated discussions during a planning night to identify places that hold special meanings, stories, and memories in the different neighbourhoods of Bay Roberts. There was lots to talk about at the Shearstown Community Centre.
This meeting was followed with a field school.
Nine students - Alina Sergachov (Belarus and Israel), Aida Dalvand (Iran), Maeghan Chassé (Northern Ontario), Wyatt Shibley (Maine & Connecticut, US), Abigail Crocker (Maine,US), Amy Richardson (Nebraska, US), Naomie Barnes (Arizona & Idaho, US), Natalie Dignam (Massachusetts, US), and Sarah Shultz (Pennsylvania, US)- spent three weeks in the community learning about the culture and traditions of the province. For the first week a visiting professor from China, Fandong Kong, joined them. (Dr. Kong teaches at Qingdao University in China’s Shandong Province and is visiting the Folklore Department at Memorial for the semester.) They all learned about the history of Bay Roberts – straight from the mouths of people who have spent nearly their entire lives living there.
MUN faculty members Diane Tye, Jillian Gould and Dale Jarvis worked with the students.
The student ate traditional foods like toutons and crab while participating in "Toutons and Tunes" at the Red Fisherman's Shed on the Shoreline Heritage Walking Trail. They were instructed in photography by local photographer, Dennis Flynn. They went to homes of individuals and learned about various aspects of community life and community beliefs. On their last evening in the community, they made presentations aboout their findings.
Dale Jarvis, Intangable Cultural Heritage - June 2017
Dr. Jillian Gould, Memorial University Folklore - June 2017
Marilyn Dawe, Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation - June 2017
Agnes Butler and Dianne Trenchard, Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation with Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood - June 2017
Courtney Mercer, Bay Roberts Heritage Society
teaching Alina Sergachov to play spoons.
Naomie Barnes saying "Thank You" to the town and region for the hospitality.
International Folklore Field School participating in Shoreline Heritage Trail Walk
International Folklore Field School enjoying "Toutons and Tunes"
Bay Roberts Mayor Phillip Wood(r) welcoming students, while Ron Delany(l) of the town of Bay Roberts and Bill Dawe (c)prepare toutons.
Students enjoying music and stories.
Meghan Chassé, Dale Jarvis, Abigail Crocker
International Folklore Field School - Ladies from Bay Roberts who participated with Courtney Mercer (center), Bay Roberts Heritage Society
Natalie Dignam(l), Terra Barrett(r)
(l-r)Terra Barrett, Bay Roberts Major Phillip Wood, and Dr. Diane Tye of Memorial University Folklore
Dennis Flynn instructed them in photography. (l-r)Alina Sergachov, Aida Dalvand, Maeghan Chassé, Dennis Flynn, Wyatt
Abigail Crocker, Amy Richardson, Naomie Barnes, Natalie Dignam, Sarah Shultz
International Folklore Field School, visiting professor from China, Fandong Kong with Dr. Diane Tye
International Folklore Field School (l-r) Fandong Kong visiting professor from China, Amy Richardson, and Aida Dalvand
Amy Richardson, Naomie Barnes, and Natalie Dignam spoke to Marilyn Murrin about building Cobby Houses. And delved into how to avoid being caught by one of the Bay Roberts "Evil Fairies".
Amy Richardson, Naomie Barnes, and Natalie Dignam spoke to Margaret Ayad, Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation about the old library in Bay Roberts. (They discoved a common interest in Lucy Maud Montgomery and her series of Anne books).
Abigail Crocker, Aida Dalvand,
and Wyatt Shibley
spoke with Trudy Hutchings of Shearstown who took them on a scenic tour of the most spectacular lookouts in town, as well as showing them the best blueberry picking patches.
Abigail Crocker, Aida Dalvand, and Wyatt
spoke with Betty Jerrett of the Bay Roberts Heritage Society.
Alina Sergachov, Sarah Shultz, and Maeghan Chassé interviewed Clarence Mercer and Sandra Roach of the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation. Sandra told them about activies of children on Coley's Point, as well as famous NL author David French from Coley's Point, while Clarence described sports that children played.
Alina Sergachov, Sarah Shultz, and Maeghan Chassé entitled their presentation "Through a Child's Eyes." They learned about a ghost in the Cable Building.
Naomie Barnes described what the students learned about "Playing Cobby House" from Marilyn Murrin of Coley's Point.
Dr. Jillian Gould(l) and Dr. Diane Tye (r), Memorial University Folklore who assisted the students through their field school.
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