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Wed Apr 15, 2020, 05:24 PM

Folkstreams: Good entertainment during our isolation.

Preserving the Stories of America

Folkstreams is a non-profit dedicated to finding, preserving, contextualizing, and showcasing documentary films on American traditional cultures.

Link: https://www.folkstreams.net/index.php

As an example, I found this one interesting in the "Work" category on how an old-timer in Louisiana builds a pirogue boat out of a cypress log, as it reminded me of my dad's skills with an axe. Dad was a timber man that worked logging during the Great Depression in the mountains of Tennessee.

The Pirogue Maker (1949)

Link: https://www.folkstreams.net/film-detail.php?id=188

In 1948, Robert Flaherty was working on "The Louisiana Story." He was searching for a small boat, or "pirogue" for his young hero. Flaherty soon became aware that pirogue-making was a disappearing art. Finally, when he found Ebdon Allemon, a Cajun craftsman, he persuaded him to make the pirogue. It may well have been the last piroque made in Louisiana. This is a record of that event.


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