While attending a heritage fair with my nephew, Matthew, I started thinking about ways to preserve our culture. Newfoundlanders are known to have a strong sense of identity with the way of life that we have. However as with all cultures, it evolves and changes with each new generation and the technology that comes with it.
My father's family resettled from Silver Fox Island in the early 1960's, so this next blog will be my efforts to capture my heritage and the way of life on a small island in Bonavista Bay, NL in the form of a heritage quilt.
It will take some time to finish the project, but I plan to blog my progress. This quilt will consist of a series of images sketched on Muslin fabric. The sketches are then shaded with Crayola Crayons. When completed I cover the picture with brown paper and iron it it melt the crayon and to ensure that it does not come off. Anyway, here I go.
The first picture identifies the location and basic shape of the island. The island is about 3 km in length. In1901 there were 82 people living there, but as a result of Resettlement by 1969, the island was completely abandoned. The town of Hare Bay, identified on the map, is where my family resettled.
The second picture is a Cod Fish jigger. These were quite common in the early fishery in Newfoundland. I can recall using these to catch fish. Today we use hook and line with bait.
That's all I have done at this time. Stay tuned for more....