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 Parchman Penitentiary
 
Parchman Penitentiary
William Ferris's 1969 movie of singing and preaching in the Mississippi State Penitentiary. Shot on B&W 8-mm film. Ferris added the recorded sound later, and it is not in complete sync.
Music, Religion, Work, African American Culture / South / 1969
18 minutes | Read More

Cesar's Bark Canoe
Using only birchbark, cedar splints, spruce roots and gum, Cesar Newashish, a 67 year old Attikamek of the Manawan Reserve demonstrates how to build a canoe the "old" way.
Arts & Crafts, Traditional, Work, Native American / Canada / 1971
57 minutes | Read More

Eva Nuanez: Memories of My Musical Life

In this documentary, Eva Nuanez, a 94 year old fiddler and singer living in Denver, Colorado talks about her music, the bands she has played with, and her family. Included are beautiful songs and rare Spanish Colonial dances. Eva's fiddling and singing, from the past and present, is heard throughout the movie.

Music, Aging, Hispanic Culture / Southwest / 2015
36 minutes | Read More

Dance to the Music and Listen to the Calls

Larry Edelman produced this video in 1987 while studying square dance calling with Jerry Goodwin. Recorded at the Prosperity Fire Hall in western Pennsylvania the video features Jerry Goodwin calling with the Mountain Express (Chuck Monticello, fiddle; Joe Frye, guitar; Bob Hill, piano; and Dodie Goodwin, bass).

Dance, Music, Rural Life / Middle Atlantic / 1987
29 minutes | Read More

Schooners on the Bay

A documentary about the wooden boats used to dredge for oysters under sail on Delaware Bay until World War Two, when they were refitted with engines. It follows two New Jersey schooners that were restored to sail for use as Windjammers to take tourists on excursions on Penobscot Bay in Maine.

/ Middle Atlantic / 1984
29 minutes | Read More

Ken Camp - Railbirding Guide

This documentary was part of a film on five short subjects about traditional activities in the New Jersey Pinelands National Preserve: railbirding in the meadows, cranberry growing in the bogs, foxhunting in the piney woods, garvey (wooden boats used in clamming) building on the bay, and cedar harvesting in the swamps.

Sports/Hunting, Maritime / Middle Atlantic / 1986
07 minutes | Read More

Stephen Lee - Cranberry Grower

This documentary was part of a program on five short subjects about traditional activities in the New Jersey Pinelands National Preserve: railbirding in the meadows, cranberry growing in the bogs, foxhunting in the piney woods, garvey (wooden boats used in clamming) building on the bay, and cedar harvesting in the swamps.

Agriculture / Middle Atlantic / 1986
05 minutes | Read More

Norman Taylor - Fox Hunter

This documentary was part of a program on five short subjects about traditional activities in the New Jersey Pinelands National Preserve: railbirding in the meadows, cranberry growing in the bogs, foxhunting in the piney woods, garvey (wooden boats used in clamming) building on the bay, and cedar harvesting in the swamps.

Sports/Hunting / Middle Atlantic / 1986
06 minutes | Read More

Joe Reid - Garvey Builder

This documentary was part of a program on five short subjects about traditional activities in the New Jersey Pinelands National Preserve: railbirding in the meadows, cranberry growing in the bogs, foxhunting in the piney woods, garvey (wooden boats used in clamming) building on the bay, and cedar harvesting in the swamps.

Arts & Crafts, Traditional, Maritime / Middle Atlantic / 1986
05 minutes | Read More

Cliff and Steve Frazee - Cedar Farmers

This documentary was part of a program on five short subjects about traditional activities in the New Jersey Pinelands National Preserve: railbirding in the meadows, cranberry growing in the bogs, foxhunting in the piney woods, garvey (wooden boats used in clamming) building on the bay, and cedar harvesting in the swamps.

Arts & Crafts, Traditional, Agriculture, Family / Middle Atlantic / 1986
05 minutes | Read More

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