Lives and Landscapes

Lives and Landscapes: A Photographic Memoir of Outport Newfoundland and Labrador, 1949-1963

edited and introduced by M.A.P. Renouf
with a contribution by Elaine Groves Harp
Copyright Date: 2003
Pages: 288
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    Lives and Landscapes
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    Interested in studying early human activity in the area he came to be equally fascinated with life in outport communities. During the summers of 1949-50 and 1961-63, he explored the coast, travelling from one isolated outport village to the next, initially by open boat and later on rudimentary roads, vividly capturing everyday life in his journals and through his extensive Kodachrome slides. In her introduction Priscilla Renouf places Harp's story of rural northern Newfoundland in historical and anthropological context. She notes that there are economic and cultural continuities from prehistoric times to the present and shows that the fundamental structure of outport life based on fishing and hunting remains stable to this very day.

    eISBN: 978-0-7735-7089-4
    Subjects: Art & Art History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Maps
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xi-xiv)
    Elmer Harp Jr
  5. Editor’s Introduction: Newfoundland Outports
    (pp. xv-xxii)
    M.A.P. Renouf

    One October weekend in 1998 I was travelling along the highway that hugs the west coast of the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, which also forms the east coast of the Gulf of St Lawrence and the Strait of Belle Isle. The winds gusted almost to hurricane strength, and on Saturday night a barge carrying pulpwood lost its cargo in the rough seas. On Sunday morning the seaward shoulder of the highway was littered with parked pickup trucks, as people scavenged to add to their winter wood supply from logs that had washed ashore. This image epitomizes a way of...

    • Part One: 1949
      (pp. 3-82)

      A dim smudge of shoreline loomed out of the night mists off the starboard bow and slowly thickened into the black shape of Cape Ray, the southwestern tip of the Island of Newfoundland. The schoonerBlue Dolphinslid through the gentle swells and maintained her northwesterly course across Cabot Strait, past the cape, and into the Gulf of St Lawrence while a dozen seagulls emerged from the fog to squawk and soar watchfully above our wake. Such was my first view of Newfoundland on a fine morning late in June, 1949. It was not the most spectacular scenery I had...

    • Part Two: 1950
      (pp. 83-132)

      The summer of 1949 had been a hugely influential experience that confirmed my enthusiasm for northern environments and intensified my enthusiasm for arctic and subarctic prehistory. In a scholarly sense, the 1949 field research was richly promising, but it could not stand alone as a significant contribution. It demanded follow-up work, and as we returned home I began to formulate plans for my next trip to Newfoundland and places beyond. By midwinter I had drawn up a proposal for a second summer of fieldwork, and the Arctic Institute of North America generously agreed to support this extended effort. However, my...

    • Part Three: The 1960s
      (pp. 133-256)

      The next few years were among the busiest that I have ever experienced. When my graduate studies were completed, Dartmouth College asked me to return to Harvard as a special student in the two-year program concentrating on the Soviet Union. In the middle 1950s I fielded two exploratory expeditions to the Central Arctic for the purpose of tracing the origins of Dorset Eskimo culture. Then I was invited to Denmark as a Fulbright research scholar for the academic year 1959-60, and our entire family spent a wonderful year in urban renewal while we lived in Copenhagen. After returning home and...

  7. Bibliography
    (pp. 257-260)
  8. Index
    (pp. 261-265)