In the Barnegat Bay Tradition (1982)

About the Film

A half-hour documentary about decoy carving and sneakbox (wooden duck-hunting boats) building along the New Jersey Shore, featuring National Heritage Award winning decoy carver Harry V. Shourds and boatbuilder Sam Hunt. The program shows the structure of sneakboxes by depicting how they are made, the traditional use of both decoys and sneakboxes in duck hunting, the difference between handmade and factory decoys, and how decoys have become folk art for display rather than use. There are on-camera interviews with folklorists Mary Hufford and Bernard Herman, historical archaeologist David Orr, and the late duck hunter and decoy collector John A. Hillman. This documentary originally was distributed by New Jersey Network and is no longer available.


  • 1984 Regional Emmy


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