Han­ker­ing for her­itage

Trinity Con­cep­tion youth to take part in her­itage fo­rum

The Compass - - NEWS - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

New­found­land his­tory and cul­ture has been passed on through each gen­er­a­tion for cen­turies.

But what about the youth of to­day? Do they care about mak­ing bread, fish­ing or lis­ten­ing to sto­ries and tra­di­tional mu­sic? Do they want to learn about and pre­serve our his­tory, cul­ture and her­itage?

The Compass spoke with three young peo­ple who are tak­ing part in the first ever Youth Her­itage Fo­rum in St. John’s Satur­day, March 7. Each has their own unique out­look on her­itage and each is in­volved with a dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity group.

Meet the youth

Jeremy Har­num is a 23-yearold from Win­ter­ton, Trinity Bay, Court­ney Bow­er­ing is 21 and hails from Spa­niard’s Bay, and Josh Hall-McCarthy of Bay Roberts is the youngest of the group at 18.

Har­num is heav­ily in­volved with the Win­ter­ton Wooden Boat Mu­seum and comes from a fam­ily of fish­er­men.

“I love see­ing the tools of the trade and hear­ing sto­ries about their time spent on the wa­ter,” he told The Compass. “It’s a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence when­ever I get to talk to fish­er­men and I wouldn’t trade that for any­thing.”

Bow­er­ing learned about New­found­land cul­ture through­out her el­e­men­tary school cur­ricu­lum and even cre­ated her own board game for a her­itage project. But that was just the be­gin­ning.

“In Grade 4 I started play­ing fid­dle and I mainly play tra­di­tional mu­sic,” she ex­plained. “It seems that ev­ery year I got older, my in­ter­est (in) New­found­land her­itage grew.”

Since el­e­men­tary school, Hall-McCarthy has been in­ter­ested in her­itage. Last year, he started work­ing with the Bay Roberts Cul­tural Foun­da­tion (BRCF).

“When I worked with the BRCF, we put on shows play­ing and singing New­found­land mu­sic, as well as host­ing com­edy plays show­cas­ing New­found­land hu­mour.”

The fo­rum will al­low youth from all over the Avalon Penin­sula to dis­cuss her­itage is­sues.

Jeremy Har­num

For Har­num, join­ing the fo­rum is about more than just learn­ing.

“I think it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to meet with like-minded in­di­vid­u­als and to see where other or­ga­ni­za­tions are headed with their her­itage con­ser­va­tion,” he said. “We all need to work to­gether to pre­serve as much as pos­si­ble.”

Har­num would like to see more peo­ple get in­volved with preser­va­tion of cul­ture and his­tory, al­low­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to learn and ex­pe­ri­ence things the same way he has been able to.

“I think it would be an ab­so­lute shame to let any of our cul­tural prac­tices fall by the way­side af­ter keep­ing them at hand for so many years. We need to keep in touch with our past to make pos­i­tive cul­tural choices for our fu­ture.

Court­ney Bow­er­ing

Bow­er­ing was part of a her­itage place­ment with the Spa­niard’s Bay Her­itage So­ci­ety, and her manager in­formed her that the fo­rum could be a good op­por­tu­nity for her.

“I love learn­ing about New­found­land her­itage and en­joy in­form­ing oth­ers,” she said. “There are many op­por­tu­ni­ties for (young peo­ple) to help pre­serve New­found­land’s her­itage and many peo­ple to guide them in the right di­rec­tion.”

She too would like to see more youth in­volved in keep­ing tra­di­tions and cul­ture alive in our prov­ince, and has ad­vice for those who might want to take part.

“I would congratulate them on their de­sire to pre­serve New­found­land’s her­itage. I would let them know of the many ways they can get in­volved, such as the her­itage mu­seum, The Rooms or per­sonal re­search.”

Josh Hall-McCarthy

Hall-McCarthy would like to see more young peo­ple learn about her­itage and his­tory in school by mak­ing it manda­tory for the el­e­men­tary so­cial stud- ies cur­ricu­lum. He be­lieves more peo­ple would be more in­formed, and might en­joy it as much as he does.

He wants to share his thoughts with the fo­rum.

“The rea­son I signed up… it seemed like a good op­por­tu­nity to get more in­volved with our her­itage as New­found­lan­ders,” he ex­plained. “Un­for­tu­nately most peo­ple my age don’t share my in­ter­est in our her­itage.”

Hall-McCarthy said there were five stu­dents with the BRCF last year, and he is con­cerned less and less young peo­ple are in­ter­ested.

“I sin­cerely hope that doesn’t con­tinue to wane,” he added.

Court­ney Bow­er­ing

Josh Hall-McCarthy

Jeremy Har­num

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