Monday February 08, 2016

How to Know in Fogo

Visitors view pages from "The Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge in Fogo", on display at the Fogo Island hockey rink.

Visitors view pages from "The Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge in Fogo", on display at the Fogo Island hockey rink.

From building a boat (known locally as a "punt"), to assembling a quilt, baking a partridgeberry lassie tarte, or tying nautical knots, the folks who live on Fogo Island -- off the stormy northeast coast of Newfoundland -- have created a body of local knowledge in order to survive. Artist Pam Hall, who recently collaborated with island residents to produce An Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge on Fogo, shares the results of her research. **This episode originally aired November 10, 2015.



Some images from Pam Hall's Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge

Fogo - Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge

When making a punt, Melvyn Combden starts with a half model, from which he fashions canvas templates. (Pam Hall)



Fogo - Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge

Traditional bottled caribou made by Alice Griffin, who also provided a recipe for lassie (or molasses) partridgeberry tarts. (Pam Hall)



Fogo - Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge

Kohlrabi pickles, produced in Winston Osmond's garden, and pickled in Linda Osmond's kitchen. (Pam Hall)



Fogo - Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge

Melvyn Combden's explanation of the various parts of a Fogo Island punt. (Pam Hall)