Students become teachers at Labrador heritage fair

Derek Montague
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Published on May 12, 2014

Willa Neilsen of Lake Melville School (North West River) did her project on the "ulu," a traditional tool that plays a vital role in Inuit culture. Willa described the ulu as an ancient cutting tool that was used by Inuit women for a variety of purposes. "They used to be used for cutting children's hair, skinning animals, and much more," Willa explained.

Published on May 12, 2014

Daniel Shiwak of Northern Lights Academy (Rigolet) had an impressive display of traditional tools that was used in Labrador for generations. Daniel showed he had a wealth of knowledge about each tool and whether or not they are still used in Labrador to this day. Here, Daniel is pictured with a "tok," which is used while hunting seals. Daniel's hard work and research paid off, as he was named runner-up for the coastal communities in the heritage fair.

Published on May 12, 2014

Andrew Pardy-Paul of Henry Gordon Academy (Cartwright) had the most delicious display of the whole heritage fair. He brought containers full of traditional, homemade, Newfoundland and Labrador food. In this picture, Andrew shows two of the province's most popular meals, fish and brewis (left) and fishcakes.

Published on May 12, 2014

Charlie-Mae Dyson from John Christian Erhardt Memorial School (Makkovik) decided to make her project a little spookier than the rest. She concentrated on a subject anyone born and raised in Labrador would have heard a lot about growing up: ghost stories. Charlie-Mae's family has passed down a lot of scary tales through the generations. In this picture, she holds an old cork line, which, according to family lore, once mysteriously dragged itself around in an upstairs room, while the frightened people below wondered what could be moving it. After all, the man who owned the cork line was dead.

Published on May 12, 2014

Melissa Lucy of Amos Comenius Memorial School (Hopedale) used her project to show the beauty and craftsmanship of traditional Inuit sewing. For her display, Melissa used breathtaking handmade items from Hopedale, such as sealskin mittens, moccasins, and slippers. The talented student even sewed two of the items herself, which she proudly displays in this picture.

Once again, the Labrador East Regional Heritage Fair demonstrated the wealth of knowledge that many young students have about Newfoundland and Labrador history.

This year's heritage fair, held May 7 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, was themed "Growing up in them days."

Some 18 junior highs school students from central Labrador and the coast, made presentations on a wide range of subjects, such as trapping, traditional tools, grass work, sewing, food preservation and more.

Each display was accompanied by photographs and artifacts, which made the projects both fun and informative. In many ways, the heritage fair proved that some students also make great teachers.

Below are the list of heritage fair winners and runner-ups for each region:

° first place for Upper Lake Melville - Ryan Conley (Mealy Mountain Collegiate, Happy Valley-Goose Bay);

° runner-up for Upper Lake Melville - Zachery Ward (Mealy Mountain Collegiate);

° first place for coastal communities - Chase Holwell (Jens Haven Memorial School, Nain);

° runner-up for coastal communities - Daniel Shiwak (Northern Lights Academy, Rigolet).

derek.montague@thelabradorian.ca

Organizations: Labrador East Regional Heritage Fair, Jens Haven Memorial School, Northern Lights Academy

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Happy Valley, Goose Bay

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