Curriculum Vitae

Gerald L. Pocius

Personal
Born August 29, 1950
Canadian Citizen; US Citizen

Academic Degrees
B.Sc., Drexel University, 1973
M.A., Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1976
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1979

Academic Positions
University of Pennsylvania, Teaching Assistant (Folklore), 1976
Memorial University of Newfoundland:
Lecturer, 1977-79, Folklore
Assistant Professor, 1979-85, Folklore
Associate Professor, 1985-92, Folklore
Professor, 1992-, Folklore
Associated Faculty, Religious Studies MA Programme, 1978.
Archaeology Unit, Anthropology, 1978-
Co-Director, Centre for Material Culture Studies, 1988-96; Director, 1997-
Indiana University, Folklore Institute, Visiting Lecturer, 1984.
University of Waterloo, Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of History, 1986-88.
University of Calgary, Lecturer, Historic Resource Management Certificate Programme, 1989, 1994, 1996, 1997.
Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania, Visiting Lecturer, May, 1993.
Technical University, Vilnius, Lithuania, Faculty of Architecture, Visiting Lecturer, May, 1994.
Concordia University, Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Geography, 1999.

Honours, Awards, and Fellowships

Phi Kappa Phi, elected 1973.
Drexel University Board of Trustees Fellowship, 1969-70.
Memorial University of Newfoundland, University Fellowship, 1973-75.
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Dean of Graduate Studies Bursary, 1975.
University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Folklore and Folklife Fellowship, 1975-77.
National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Fellow, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Del., 1985.
President's Award for Outstanding Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1988.
Winthrop Pickard Bell Lecturer, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, February, 1990.
Abbot Lowell Cummings Award of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, for A Place to Belong, 1992.
Chicago Folklore Prize, for A Place to Belong, 1992.
Choice's annual list of outstanding academic books, A Place to Belong, 1992.

Research Grants, Contracts, and Related Work

External (external total $175903):
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Research Grants: 1980 for Southern Shore vernacular architecture; 1984-85 for folk furniture in Bonavista Bay; 1992-95 for Newfoundland fisheries architecture; Canadian Studies Grant for Atlantic Canada Newspaper Survey, 1987-88; Conference Grant, "North American Material Culture Theories", 1986.
Government of Canada, Dept. of Canadian Heritage, Policy Branch, issue paper on Intangible Heritage, 2002.
Vernacular Architecture Forum (U.S.), St-Pierre et Miquelon Architecture, 2001.
Government of Canada, Dept. of Canadian Heritage, Policy Branch, policy paper on the Canadian Government and Academic Folklore Research in Canada, 1998.
Government of Canada, Dept. of Canadian Heritage, Historic Sites and Monuments Board Research Paper, Seal Cove Fisheries Architecture, Grand Manan, NB, 1995.
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Newfoundland Museum, Exhibition Consultant, Grand Bank Fisheries Museum, 1993.
Government of Canada, Dept. of External Affairs, Lecture Series Grant, Visiting Professor at Vilnius U, 1993.
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Research Contract, Newfoundland textile traditions, 1974-75.

Internal:
Institute of Social and Economic Research, Research Grant, "Basque Vernacular Architecture Antecedents for Labrador Archaeology," February, 1979.
Vice-President (Academic) Research Grant, "British Antecedents for Newfoundland Vernacular Architecture," August, 1979.
Vice-President (Academic) Research Grant, "Barn-building in the Codroy Valley of Newfoundland," July, 1982.
Institute of Social and Economic Research, Conference Grant, "North American Material Culture Research: New Objectives, New Theories", 1986.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Internal Research Grant, "Billy Wheeler's Furniture: Craft in the Industrial Age," 1991.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Internal Research Grant, "The Impact of Soviet Policies on the Rural Lithuanian Farmhouse," 1993.
Smallwood Foundation; Vice-President (Academic); "Churchill Park: Utopian Dreams and Lived Spaces," 1999 (with C. Sharpe and A. J. Shawyer).
Smallwood Foundation, Vice-President (Academic), Institute of Social and Economic Research, "St-Pierre et Miquelon Vernacular Architecture Project, 2001.
Smallwood Foundation, "The Imagined Town of St-Pierre: Maps of Power, Maps of the Past." 2001-2002.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Travel Grant for Scholarly Conferences, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001.

Publications: M.A. Thesis:

"The Place of Burial: Spatial Focus of Contact of the Living with the Dead in Eastern Areas of the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland." Memorial University, 1976.

Publications: Dissertation

"Calvert: A Study of Artifacts and Spatial Usage in a Newfoundland Community." University of Pennsylvania, 1979.

Publications: Books

Textile Traditions of Eastern Newfoundland. Mercury Series Paper no. 29. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Folk Culture Studies, National Museum of Man, 1979.
A Place to Belong: Community Order and Everyday Space in Calvert, Newfoundland. Athens: University of Georgia Press; Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1991; paperback edition with new preface, McGill-Queen's, 2000.

Publications: Editor

Dimensions of Canadian Architecture, (with Shane O'Dea). Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, Selected Papers, Vol. 6. Ottawa: SSAC, 1984.
The Material Culture of Death and Dying. Special issue of the Material History Bulletin, 26 (1986).
Living in a Material World: Canadian and American Perspectives on Material Culture. St. John's: ISER, Memorial University, 1991.

Publications: Bibliographies

MLA International Bibliography, Folklore Section, (with Michael Taft). New York: Modern Language Association, 1979-1999. 21 vols.
Bibliography of British Folklore. (assisted J. D. A. Widdowson, editor). St. John's: Institute for Folklore Studies in Britain and Canada, Dept. of Folklore, Memorial University, 1996.

Publications: Articles/ Book Chapters

  • "Bedrockers: The Missing School." in Arthur B. Shostak, ed. Modern Social Reforms: Solving Today's Social Problems. New York: Macmillan, 1974. pp. 52-59.
  • "New Bedford Town: A Picture of the Home Port of the Catalpa Expedition." in John Watson, ed. 100 Years Ago. Perth, W.A.: author, 1976, pp. 29-37.
  • "'The First Day That I Thought of It Since I Got Wed': Role Expectations and Singer Status in a Newfoundland Outport." Western Folklore, 35 (1976), 109-22.
  • "Veterinary Folk Medicine in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania." Pennsylvania Folklife, 25, 4 (1976), 2-15.
  • "Frank Williams, Newfoundland Joke-Teller." Lore and Language, 2, 6 (January, 1977), 16-29; 2, 7 (July, 1977), 11-21; 2, 8 (January, 1978), 11-20; 2, 9 (July, 1978), 6-25.
  • Research Note, Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Bulletin, 1, 2 (March, 1977), 13-14.
  • "Walls and Fences in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania." Pennsylvania Folklife, 26, 4 (1977), 9-20.
  • "Material Culture Research in the Folklore Programme, Memorial University of Newfoundland." Material History Bulletin, 4 (Fall, 1977), 70-72; reprinted in: Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Bulletin, 2, 1 (May, 1978), 18-20.
  • Research Note, Folk Classification Bulletin, 1, 1 (Fall, 1977), 4.
  • "Hooked Rugs in Newfoundland: The Representation of Social Structure in Design." Journal of American Folklore, 92 (1979), 273-84.
  • "A Preliminary Survey of the West Country Antecedents of Newfoundland Vernacular Architecture." The Trident (Newfoundland Historic Trust), 5, 4 (1979), 11.
  • "George Sturt and His Village: Toward Alternative Views of English Folkloristics." in Kenneth S. Goldstein and Neil V. Rosenberg, eds. Folklore Studies in Honour of Herbert Halpert: A Festschrift St. John's: Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1980. pp. 283-301.
  • "Oral History and the Study of Material Culture." in Barbara Riley, ed. Canada's Material History: A Forum. Material History Bulletin no. 8. Ottawa: National Museum of Man, 1979. pp. 65-69.
  • "Holy Pictures in Newfoundland Houses: Visual Codes for Secular and Supernatural Relationships." Laurentian University Review, 12, 1 (1979), 101-25; reprinted with additions in: Peter Narvaez and Martin Laba, eds. Media Sense: The Folklore-Popular Culture Continuum. Bowling Green: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1986, pp. 124-48.
  • "The Furniture Collection of the Newfoundland Museum." Material History Bulletin, 11 (1980), 82-83. (with Walter Peddle).
  • "Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Newfoundland Gravestones: Self-Sufficiency, Economic Specialization and the Creation of Artifacts." Material History Bulletin, 12 (1981), 1-16.
  • "Folk Culture Research, Ethnographic Analogy and the Museum." in Virginia Briscoe, ed. Proceedings of the Annual Meetings Held at Ottawa, Sante Fe and Old Sturbridge Village, 1978-1980. Washington: Association for Living Historical Farms and Agricultural Museums, 1981. pp. 38-44.
  • "Newfoundland Traditional Crafts: Types and Stereotypes." Artisan (Canadian Crafts Council), 4, 5 (1981), 15-20; [French version with additional photographs, pp. 12-18]; reprinted with additions and changes as "Style in Newfoundland Traditional Crafts," in: Newfoundland Quarterly, 80, 1 (1984), 3-8; "Traditional Crafts," in Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador. St. John's: Newfoundland Book Publishers, 1984, Vol. 2, pp. 246-49.
  • "'Interior Motives': Rooms, Objects and Meaning in Atlantic Canada Homes." in Shane O'Dea and Neil V. Rosenberg, eds. Interiors: Cultural Patterns in the Atlantic Canadian Home. Material History Bulletin 15. Ottawa: National Museum of Man, 1982. pp. 5-9.
  • "Architecture on Newfoundland's Southern Shore: Diversity and the Emergence of New World Forms." in Camille Wells, ed. Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture. Annapolis: Vernacular Architecture Forum, 1982, pp. 217-32; reprinted in: Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, Bulletin, 8, 2 (June, 1983), 12-19.
  • "Newfoundland Yard Art." in Patricia Gratten, ed. Flights of Fancy: Newfoundland Yard Art. St. John's: Memorial University Art Gallery, 1983, pp. 6-11.
  • "Introduction." in Walter Peddle, The Traditional Furniture of Outport Newfoundland. St. John's: Harry Cuff, 1983, pp. xv-xix.
  • "Material Folk Culture Research in English Canada: Antiques, Aficionados, and Beyond." Canadian Folklore canadien, 4 (1982) [1984], 27-41.
  • "A Bibliography of Folk Material Culture in Canada, 1965-1982." Canadian Folklore canadien, 4 (1982) [1984], 107-46. (with Jean-Francois Blanchette and Rene Bouchard).
  • "Saskatchewan Log Houses." Liaison (Saskatchewan Museums Association) 1:3 (1984), 12-13, 17.
  • "Urban Folk Medicine: Some Thoughts." in Pierre Crepeau, ed. Folk Medicine and Religion. Canadian Centre for Folk Culture Studies Paper no. 53. Ottawa: National Museum of Man, 1985, pp. 113-18.
  • "Introductory Bibliography on Folk Medicine." in Pierre Crepeau, ed. Folk Medicine and Religion. Canadian Centre for Folk Culture Studies Paper no. 53. Ottawa: National Museum of Man, 1985, pp. 151-61.
  • "Transcultural Health Care: An Introductory Course for Nurses and Other Helping Professionals," The Community College in a Multicultural Society, 5, no. 2 (1986), 37-41.
  • "An Introductory Bibliography on Cultural Studies Relating to Death and Dying in Canada," Material History Bulletin, 26 (1986), 53-55.
  • "The Transformation of the Traditional Newfoundland Cemetery: Institutionalizing the Secular Dead," Material History Bulletin, 26 (1986), 25-34.
  • "Mass Housing and Its Impact on Traditional Forms in a Newfoundland Community." in Camille Wells, ed. Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, II. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1986, pp. 222-23.
  • "Rebuildings on Newfoundland's Southern Shore: Cut-Down Roofs, Raised Hopes." Material Culture, 19 (1987), 67-83.
  • "Gossip, Rhetoric and Objects: A Sociolinguistic Approach to Newfoundland Furniture," in Gerald W. R. Ward, ed., Perspectives on American Furniture. New York: Norton, for Winterthur Museum, 1988, pp. 303-45.
  • "The Mummers' Song in Newfoundland: Intellectuals, Revivalists and Cultural Nativism." Newfoundland Studies 4 (1988), 57-85.
  • "Privacy and Architecture: A Newfoundland Example." in Thomas Carter and Bernard L. Herman, eds., Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, III. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1989, pp. 246-47.
  • "Alexander Smith," in Francess G. Halpenny, ed., Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol. XII, 1891 to 1900. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1990, pp. 974-75.
  • "Gravestones: A Genealogical Resource." Newfoundland Ancestor, 6,iii (1990), 92-98.
  • "Folk Religion and the Ethnography of Literacy: The Image of the Word on Newfoundland Gravestones." in Gerald Thomas and J. D. A. Widdowson, eds., Studies in Newfoundland Folklore: Community and Process. Canada's Atlantic Folklore and Folklife Series 16. St. John's: Breakwater Books, for Department of Folklore, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1991, pp. 259-86.
  • "The House that Poor Jack Built: Architectural Stages of the Newfoundland Fishery." in Larry McCann with Carrie Macmillan, eds. The Sea and Culture of Atlantic Canada: A Multidisciplinary Sampler, 1989-90 Winthrop Pickard Bell Lectures in Maritime Studies. Sackville: Centre for Canadian Studies, Mount Allison U, 1992, pp. 63-105.
  • "Oral History and Artifacts." in J. K. Crellin, ed., Presenting the Past and Understanding the Present: Health Care in Newfoundland and Labrador Museums. Occasional Papers in the History of Medicine. St. John's: Memorial U, Faculty of Medicine, 1992, pp. 23-39.
  • "Tautinis Identiskumas ir Folkloras." [National Identity and Folklore."] Liaudies Kultura, 2, 29 (1993), 9-11.
  • "'Tourists, Health Seekers and Sportsmen': Luring Americans to Newfoundland in the Early Twentieth Century." in James Hiller and Peter Neary, eds., Twentieth-Century Newfoundland: Explorations. St. John's: Breakwater, 1994, pp. 47-77.
  • "Folklore and National Identity: Canadian Perspectives." Australian Folklore, 9 (1994), 36-43.
  • "Craft and Cultural Meaning." in Gloria Hickey, ed., Making and Metaphor: A Discussion of Meaning in Contemporary Craft. Canadian Centre for Folk Culture Studies Mercury Series Paper 66. Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Civilization, with The Institute for Contemporary Canadian Craft, 1994, pp. 125-31.
  • "Folklore and Ecology: Some General Problems," in Violetta Krawczyk-Wasilewska, ed., Folklore and Ecology II. Lodz: Dept. of Folklore, U of Lodz, 1994, pp. 7-13.
  • "Art," Journal of American Folklore, 108 (1995), 413-31. [Special Issue: "Common Ground: Keywords for the Study of Expressive Culture"]; expanded version to appear in Burt Feintuch, ed. Common Ground. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, in press.
  • "Assessing Ourselves." Material History Review, 45 (Spring 1997), 2-4.
  • "Material Culture Research: Authentic Things, Authentic Values," Material History Review, 45 (Spring 1997), 5-15; French version in Anne-Marie Desdouits and Laurier Turgeon, eds. Ethnologies francophones de l'Amérique et d'ailleurs. Québec: Les Presses de l'Université Laval, 1997, pp. 239-252.
  • "Lithuanian Landscapes in America: Houses, Yards, and Gardens in Scranton, Pennsylvania." New York Folklore, 22 (1996), 49-87.
  • "Exchanges, Ecologies, Exhibitions." Material History Review, 46 (1997), 1-4.
  • "Atlantic Canada." in Paul Oliver, ed., Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997, vol. 3, 1808-1809.
  • "The Craft of Architecture." in Gloria Hickey, ed. Common Ground: Contemporary Craft, Architecture, and the Decorative Arts. Canadian Centre for Folk Culture Studies Paper 72. Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1999, pp. 86-93.
  • "The Material Culture of Us." Material History Review, 49 (1999), 1-2.
  • "Folkloras ir Tautinis Tapatumas: _iaur_s Amerikos Perspektva [Folklore and National Identity: North American Perspectives]." in Regina Merkien_, Vacys Milius and Vida Savoniakait_, eds., Etnin_ Kult_ra ir Tapatumo I_rai_ka. Vilnius: Lithuanian Institute of History, 1999, pp. 14-35.
  • "Decorating the Grave in Newfoundland: Maintaining Borders, Blurring Categories." in Jean-Pierre Pichette et al, eds. Entre Beauce et Acadie: Facettes d'un parcours ethnologique. Québec: Presses de l'Université Laval, 2001, pp. 338-350.
  • "Academic Folklore Research in Canada: Trends and Prospects (Part 1)." Ethnologies, 22, 2 (2000), 255-28; (Part 2), 23,1 (2001), 289-317.
  • "The Discovery of Newfoundland Furniture." Canadian Society of Decorative Arts Bulletin, 19: 1 & 2 (2001), 11-12.
  • "Identity Systems and Nationhood." Ethnologia Baltica, 1, in press.
  • "Folk Housing." in Burt Feintuch and David Waters, eds. Encyclopedia of New England Culture. New Haven: Yale UP, in press.

Technical Reports

  • "Seal Cove Smoked Herring Stands, Grand Manan, New Brunswick." Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Dept. of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada, 1996.
  • "Academic Folklore Research in Canada: Trends and Prospects." Policy Branch, Dept. of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada, 1998.
  • "Issues in Intangible Heritage." Policy Branch, Dept. of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada, 2002.


Review Essays

  • "Material Culture Worlds: A Report on Three Conferences." Material History Review, 46 (1997), 77-81.
  • "Folk Art and Artists: The Series." Western Folklore, 56 (1997), 85-92.

Publications: Reviews

  • "The Bangtail Muster," by Ted Egan; "Fair Dinkum Mate," by John Ashe; "Songs with an Aussie Slant," by John Ashe. Folklore Forum 8 (1975), 166-69. [record review]
  • Of Graves and Epitaphs. Pioneer America, 7, 2 (1975), 67-68.
  • "Folk Images '77." artscanada, 216-17 (1977), 63. [Exhibit of folk painters at Memorial University Art Gallery]
  • Folklore of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Journal of American Folklore, 91 (1978), 864-66.
  • Life and Tradition of the Yorkshire Dales. Journal of American Folklore, 92 (1979), 99-100.
  • Life How Short, Eternity How Long: Gravestone Carving and Carvers in Nova Scotia. Material History Bulletin, 7 (1979), 63-66.
  • The Tory and the Tavern. Association of Preservation Technology (APT) 11, 3 (1979), 111-13.
  • The Bread Ovens of Quebec. Canadian Folklore canadien, 2 (1980), 71-72.
  • Puritan Gravestone Art II and Early American Gravestones. Journal of American Folklore, 94 (1981), 381-82.
  • A Gift of Heritage: Historic Architecture of St. John's and Ten Historic Towns: Heritage Architecture in Newfoundland. Newfoundland Quarterly, 78, 4 (1983), 32.
  • Older Ways: Traditional Nova Scotia Craftsmen. Winterthur Portfolio, 18 (1983), 109-10.
  • Folk Architecture of Little Dixie: A Regional Culture in Missouri. Journal of American Folklore, 96 (1983), 350-52.
  • Vernacular Houses in North Yorkshire and Cleveland. Vernacular Architecture Newsletter, 24 (1985), 3-5.
  • On Sloping Ground: Reminiscences of Outport Life in Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland. American Review of Canadian Studies, 15 (1985), 329-30.
  • Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn. Design Book Review, 8 (Winter, 1986), 70.
  • The Comfortable Arts: Traditional Spinning and Weaving in Canada. Canadian Folklore canadien, 5 (1983), 111-12.
  • Our Life on Lear's Room, Labrador. Newfoundland Quarterly, 83:1 (1987), 24.
  • Fisher Folk: Two Communities on Chesapeake Bay. Western Folklore, 46 (1987), 222-23.
  • Can These Bones Live? Culture & Tradition, 11 (1987), 88.
  • Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, II. Journal of American Folklore, 101 (1988), 87-89.
  • A Way of Life: Traditional Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland Quarterly, 83, 4 (1988), 43.
  • Man and Picture. Mid-America Folklore, 16 (1988), 139-41.
  • American Folklore Scholarship. Winterthur Portfolio, 25 (1990), 97-99.
  • Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, III. Historical Archaeology, 25 (1991), 111-13.
  • Art and Popular Religion in Evangelical America, 1915-1940. Journal of American Folklore, 104 (1991), 396-97.
  • Bull Threshers and Bindlestiffs: Harvesting and Threshing on the North American Plains. Canadian Folklore canadien, 13 (1991), 108-10.
  • Discovering American Folklife: Studies in Ethnic, Religious, and Regional Culture. Mid-America Folklore, 19 (1991), 150-52.
  • Primitive Art in Civilized Places. Journal of American Folklore, 105 (1992), 488-89.
  • Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge. Material History Review, 39 (1994), 89-90.
  • In the Good Old Days! Fishery Customs of the Past. Newfoundland Quarterly, 88, iv (1994), 60.
  • Temperamental Journeys: Essays on the Modern Literature of Travel. Canadian Folklore canadien, 16 (1994), 236-38.
  • Habits of Industry. Journal of American Folklore, 108 (1995), 107-9.
  • Craftsman of the Cumberlands. Journal of American Folklore, 109 (1996), 199-200.
  • Embossed Bottles of St. John's. Newfoundland Quarterly, 90:3 (1996), 47.
  • Passing Strange and Wonderful: Aesthetics, Nature, and Culture. Canadian Folklore canadien, 18, 2 (1996), 213-15.
  • Chesapeake Legacy: Tools and Traditions. The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du nord, 7, 2 (1997), 85-86.
  • The Bridge to Dalmatia: A Search for the Meaning of Place. Environment and Planning A, 31 (1999), 755-756.
  • American Material Culture: The Shape of the Field. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 58:2 (June, 1999), 257-258.
  • Folklore of the Sea and Sixpence for the Wind: A Knot of Nautical Folklore. The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du nord, 10, 2 (2000), 103-104.
  • Metaphor and Material Culture. American Anthropologist, in press.

Publications: Technical Illustrations and Photographs

  • C. Robert Nugent. A House Lives and Dies: The Story of Anselm Hall. Abington, Pa.: Cassidy, 1974.
  • M. Gleason and Monica Morrison. "How to Take a Folklore Degree." Atlantic Advocate, 65 (February, 1975), 36-37.
  • Michael Taft. A Regional Discography of Newfoundland and Labrador, 1902-1972. MUNFLA Bibliographical and Special Series No. 1. St. John's: Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1975.
  • Span 200: The Story of German American Involvement in the Founding and Development of America. Philadelphia: Carl Schurz Association, 1976.
  • MUN Gazette, 10, 13 (March, 1978), p. 8.
  • Martin Lovelace,"Mummers' Romp," Horizon Canada, 2, 21 (1985), 500-04.
  • Canadian Folklore canadien, 7: 1-2 (1985). (cover photo).
  • Pamela Harris, "Salt on the Rock." Azure 3 (October, 1989), 10-11.
  • Paul Oliver, ed., Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997, vol. 1, p. 409.


Publications: Poetry

  • "Cemetery Mass at Holy Sepulchre, St. John's." Queen's Quarterly, 90 (1983), 136.
  • "At the Tomb of Bishop Laval." Newfoundland Quarterly, 86,ii (1990), 14; reprinted in Everett King, ed. Voices from the Rock: Poems from the Newfoundland Quarterly, 1987-2001. St. John's: Cuff, 2000, p. 54.

Editorial Work:

Editor-in-Chief, Material History Review, 1996-
English Language Book Review Editor, Canadian Folklore canadien, 1995-98
Associate Editor, Journal of American Folklore, 1990-95.
Interim Book Review Co-Editor, Journal of Newfoundland Studies, 1987-88.
Corresponding Editor, Folkline: Folk Arts Newsletter, 1980-82.
Member, Editorial Boards: Material History Bulletin, 1978-86; Journal of Newfoundland Studies, 1983- ; "Material Culture and Folklife Series", UMI Research Press, 1984-86; New York Folklore, 1993-1998; Ethnologia Baltica, 1993-; Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada Journal, 1997-; Australian Folklore, 1999-; Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 2000-; Canadian Local Histories Project, U of Calgary/Laval, 2002.
National Editorial Board, Our Roots/Nos Racines: Canada's Local Histories Project, U of Calgary/Laval U, 2002.

Manuscript reviews for:
journals: Journal of American Folklore, Material Culture, Canadian Folklore canadien, Southern Folklore, American Ethnologist, Culture & Tradition, Studies in Cultures, Organizations and Societies, Canadian Historical Review, Journal of Folklore Research
presses: University of Pennsylvania Press, University of Utah Press, University Press of Kentucky, Tundra Books, University of Tennessee Press, McGill-Queen's University Press

Professional Service

  • Bibliographer, Folklore Section, Modern Language Association International Bibliography, 1978-84; Senior Bibliographer, 1985-.
  • Member, Selection Committee, Canada Council Community Artists in Residence Grant, St. John's, Nfld., April, 1978.
  • Programme Chairman, Folklore Studies Association of Canada meeting, Montreal, Que., June, 1980.
  • Executive Board, Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, 1980-83.
  • Treasurer (pro-temp), Folklore Studies Association of Canada, 1981-82.
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Folklore Studies Association of Canada, 1982-85.
  • Programme Co-chairman, Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada meeting, St. John's, Nfld., July, 1983.
  • Member, Abbott Lowell Cummings Award Committee, Vernacular Architecture Forum, 1983, 1985, 2000.
  • Vice-President, Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, 1983-84.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Vernacular Architecture Forum, 1985-1988, 2000-2003.
  • Organizer, "North American Material Culture Research: New Objectives, New Theories," joint conference sponsored by Winterthur Museum and Memorial University, St. John's, Nfld., June, 1986.
  • St. John's Regional Director, Museums Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, 1989-91.
  • Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada, National Research Grants Adjudication Committee, 1996.
  • Advisory Board, Newfoundland and Labrador Crafts Development Association / Devon House Craft Gallery, St. John's, Nfld., 1996-.
  • External Research Specialist, Museums Scholars Promotion Program, Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2000.
  • College of Reviewers, Canada Research Chairs Program, Government of Canada, 2000-2002.
  • Conference organizer, Vernacular Architecture Forum, St-Pierre et Miquelon, 2003.
  • Government of Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage, Heritage Advisory Group, 2001 [Development of new national heritage policy].
  • Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Sectoral Commission on Culture, Communication and Information, 2002-2004.


Papers and Other Scholarly Presentations

  • "'The First Time that I Thought of It Since I Got Wed': Role Expectations and Singer Status in a Newfoundland Outport." American Folklore Society, Portland, OR, November, 1974.
  • "Even in Death: The Effects of Religious Conflict on Gravestone Placement in Eastern Newfoundland Communities." American Folklore Society, New Orleans, LA, November, 1975.
  • "The Use of Photography in Folklife Studies." Pennsylvania Folklore Society, Middletown, PA, April, 1976.
  • "The Cape Cod House: A Re-examination." Pioneer America Society, Lancaster, PA, July, 1976.
  • "Gas Station Signs and Calenders: Antecedents for the Cosmetic Dimension of Newfoundland Hooked Rugs." American Folklore Society, Philadelphia, PA, November, 1976.
  • "The Artifact System: A Structural Analysis of the Use of Space in a Newfoundland Outport." American Folklore Society, Detroit, MI, November, 1977.
  • "The Place of the Church in Healing and Medicine." Dean of Graduate Studies Colloquium, Memorial University, St. John's, Nfld., November, 1977.
  • "Newfoundland Gravestones." Newfoundland Historical Society, St. John's, Nfld., January, 1978.
  • "A Cognitive Approach to Newfoundland Vernacular Architecture." Folklore Studies Association of Canada, London, Ont., June, 1978.
  • "Public and Private Devotions: Holy Pictures in the Newfoundland House." Folklore Studies Association of Canada, London, Ont., June, 1978.
  • "Folk Cultural Research and the Living Historical Farm." Association for Living Historical Farms and Agricultural Museums, Ottawa, Ont., June, 1978.
  • "The Newfoundland Fishing Stage: A Study in Maritime Vernacular Architecture." American Folklore Society, Salt Lake City, UT, October, 1978.
  • "A Critique of Oral Sources in the Study of Material History."Canada's Material History: A Forum, National Museum of Man, Ottawa, Ont., March, 1979. [invited]
  • "Transcultural Health Care Delivery: The Role of the Folklorist in the Nursing Programme." Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Saskatoon, Sask., June, 1979.
  • "Visual Codes for Secular and Supernatural Relationships: Popular Iconography among Newfoundland Irish Catholics." American Folklore Society, Los Angeles, CA, October, 1979.
  • "The Role of the Traditional 'Medical' Practitioner." Medicine in Developing Areas Symposium, Health Sciences Centre, St. John's, Nfld., February, 1980.
  • "Remarks on Longfellow's 'Evangeline': The Birth and Acceptance of a Myth. " Atlantic Studies Conference, Halifax, N.S., April, 1980.
  • "Changing Forms and Persistent Spaces: A Study in Vernacular House-Types and Spatial Usage in a Newfoundland Outport." Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, Montreal, Que., May, 1980.
  • "Beyond Arts and Crafts: Past Paradigms and Future Directions in Folkloristic Material Culture Studies." Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Montreal, Que., June, 1980.
  • "Urban Folk Medicine." Symposium on Folk Medicine and Folk Religion, Canadian Centre for Folk Culture Studies, Ottawa, Ont., September, 1980.
  • "Directions in Maritime Folklore." American Folklore Society, Pittsburgh, PA, October, 1980.
  • "English Styles and Irish Adaptations: The Emergence of Newfoundland House Forms on the Southern Shore." Newfoundland Historical Society / Irish Newfoundland Society, St. John's, Nfld., January, 1981.
  • "Cemetery Decoration in Newfoundland: Channels of Contact Between the Living and the Dead." Society of Architectural Historians / Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, Victoria, B.C., April, 1981.
  • "New England Influences on Newfoundland Vernacular Architecture." Vernacular Architecture Forum, Old Sturbridge Village, MA, April, 1981.
  • "Evolution, Devolution and Architectural Typology: Alterations of Vernacular House Forms on the Southern Shore of Newfoundland." Canadian Association of Geographers, Corner Brook, Nfld., August, 1981.
  • "'Interior Motives': Rooms, Objects and Meaning in Atlantic Canada Homes." Atlantic Canada Institute Colloquium, "Interiors", St. John's, Nfld., September, 1981.
  • "Newfoundland Traditional Crafts: Types and Stereotypes." Canadian Crafts Council, St. John's, Nfld., 1981. [keynote]
  • "Regional Concepts of the 'Traditional' Community." American Folklore Society, San Antonio, TX, October, 1981.
  • "Yard Typologies." American Folklore Society, San Antonio, TX, October, 1981.
  • "Maritime Folklore Research in Newfoundland." American Folklore Society, San Antonio, TX, October, 1981.
  • "The Expansible House: Changing Vernacular Forms on Newfoundland's Shore." Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada / Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Ottawa, Ont., June, 1982.
  • "The Oral Tradition of the Little Community: Competing Testimonies and the Reality of a Unified Past." Atlantic Oral History Association, St. John's, Nfld., September, 1982.
  • Commentator on "Oral History and Research Techniques." Atlantic Oral History Association, St. John's, Nfld., September, 1982.
  • "Folklife Research Perspectives from the University." American Folklore Society, Minneapolis, MN, October, 1982.
  • "Queenie Maloney: Painted Rocks and Folk Taste." American Folklore Society, Minneapolis, MN, October, 1982.
  • "Renovating the Past: Rebuildings on Newfoundland's Southern Shore." American Folklore Society, Minneapolis, MN, October, 1982.
  • "Mass Housing and Its Impact on Traditional Forms in a Newfoundland Community." Vernacular Architecture Forum, Madison, WI, May, 1983.
  • "Fisheries Architecture in Newfoundland: Indigenous Form or Ethnic Borrowing?" Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Quebec, Que., May, 1983.
  • "Towards Visual Literacy: Structuralism and the Interpretation of Historic Artifacts, a Newfoundland Case Study." Canadian Museums Association, Saskatoon, Sask., May, 1983 [keynote].
  • Commentator on "Socio-cultural History and Museum Work: The Example of Post Mortem Inventories." Canadian Historical Association, Vancouver, B.C., June, 1983.
  • "The Semiotics of Newfoundland Building Technology, 1800-1950." Atlantic Canada Workshop, Caraquet, N.B., September, 1983.
  • "Sticks and Studs as Signs: Dichotomous Building Forms of Newfoundland's Southern Shore." American Folklore Society, Nashville, TN, October, 1983.
  • "Sportsman's Paradise to Folklorist's Dream: American Tourists and the Selling of Newfoundland's Culture." Canada Week Series, University of Maine, Orono, ME, April, 1984. [invited keynote]
  • "How Is a Salt Box Like a Bungalow?: The Relationship of Vernacular Architecture to Mass Housing." Maine Council for Canadian Studies, Orono, ME, April, 1984.
  • "'Any Mummers Allowed In?' A New Song and an Old Custom." Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Guelph, Ont., June, 1984.
  • "Tourist Architecture on Newfoundland's West Coast." Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, Guelph, Ont., June, 1984.
  • "Mass-Produced Ideas Made By Hand: Furniture Styles in Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland." American Folklore Society, San Diego, CA, October, 1984.
  • "Folklore, Oral History and the Museum." Ontario Museums Association, Sudbury, Ont., October, 1984 [keynote].
  • "Factory Goods, Folk Form: Design Creation in Newfoundland Furniture." University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Folklore and Folklife Seminar, February, 1985.
  • "Mobilizing the Folk Through Popular Music: 'The Mummers Song and Its Impact on Newfoundland Christmas." Popular Culture Association, Louisville, KY, April, 1985.
  • "Striving for More than Your Basic Humble Commode: Newfoundland Folk Furniture as Gossip." Winterthur Lecture Series, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE, April, 1985.
  • Commentator on "Classifying Vernacular Architecture." Vernacular Architecture Forum, San Francisco, CA, April, 1985.
  • "Mass Consumption, Local Tradition and Vernacular Design: A Study of Newfoundland Folk Furniture." Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Montreal, Que., June, 1985.
  • "Approaches to the Study of Newfoundland Furniture." Miami University Colloquium, Miami University, Oxford, OH, October, 1985. [invited]
  • "Furniture as Gossip." American Folklore Society, Cincinnati, OH, October, 1985.
  • Commentator on "Carvers, Symbols, Meaning, and Cultural Continuity: Gravemarkers as Material Culture." American Folklore Society, Cincinnati, OH, October, 1985.
  • "A Gossip-Centered Approach to Newfoundland Furniture." Changing Perspectives in American Furniture Study, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE, November, 1985.
  • "Researching Objects in Canada and the United States: Institutional Power and Appropriate Theory Making." North American Material Culture Research: New Objectives, New Theories, Memorial University, St. John's., Nfld., June, 1986.
  • "Parlors, Pump Houses and Pickups: The Art of Privacy in a Newfoundland Community." American Folklore Society, Baltimore, MD, October, 1986.
  • "Mass Housing and Traditional Housing." American Folklore Society, Baltimore, MD, October, 1986.
  • "Privacy and Architecture: A Newfoundland Example." Vernacular Architecture Forum, Salt Lake City, UT, May, 1987.
  • "The Presentation of Irish Culture in Newfoundland Museums." International Conference for Gaelic Language and Culture, Sydney, Nova Scotia, October, 1987. [invited]
  • "Additive and Subtractive Gender Spaces: Is Female Really to Nature as Male is to Culture?", American Folklore Society, Albuquerque, NM, October, 1987.
  • "Constructing the Cultures of Transfer," American Studies Association, New York, NY, November, 1987.
  • "The Material Culture of Atlantic Canada." American Studies Programme, Boston University, Boston, MA, October, 1988.
  • "Teaching Folk Art in Higher Education," American Folklore Society, Cambridge, MA, October, 1988.
  • "Newfoundland Attitudes Toward Life and Health," Medical History Presentations on Disease and Society, Memorial University Medical School, St. John's, Nfld., February, 1989. [invited]
  • "Intellectuals and the Performance of Indigenous Traditions," Blurring Genres Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, April, 1989.
  • "The Dialogue with Domesticity in the Newfoundland Home." Vernacular Architecture Forum, St. Louis, MO, May, 1989.
  • "Prescriptive Voices and House Interiors." Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Quebec, Que., May, 1989.
  • "Proper Interiors, Real and Imagined: Dialogic Arrangements in the Newfoundland House." American Folklore Society, Philadelphia, PA, October, 1989.
  • "Homes, Landscape and Privacy: Public and Personal Spaces in the Newfoundland Community." Graduate School of Architecture Lecture, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, January, 1990. [invited]
  • "The House that Poor Jack Built: Architectural Stages of the Newfoundland Fishery." Winthrop Pickard Bell Lecture, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, February, 1990.
  • "Deep Play in Deep Bay: The Anatomy of Newfoundland Fisheries Architecture." The Socio-semiotics of Objects International Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont., June, 1990. [invited]
  • "Bodily Artifacts: The Skin of Culture." Commentator, The Socio-semiotics of Objects International Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont., June, 1990.
  • "Material Culture Research in Canada." Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia, July, 1990.
  • "Current Perspectives on Canadian Material Culture Studies." National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia, July, 1990. [invited]
  • "Heads, Guts, and Butts: Body Parts and Newfoundland Fisheries Architecture." American Folklore Society, Oakland, CA, October, 1990.
  • "Building the Body: Fish, Humans and Newfoundland Architecture." Vernacular Architecture Forum, Sante Fe, NM, May, 1991.
  • "Newfoundland Fisheries Architecture: Cultural Categories and Building Technology." Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, Baddeck, NS, May, 1991.
  • "The Grotesque Body and Architecture: A Building Anatomy of the Newfoundland Fishery." Fifth International Bakhtin Conference, Manchester, England, July, 1991.
  • "The American Tourist's Search for the Primitive in Newfoundland Culture and Landscape." American Folklore Society / Folklore Studies Association of Canada, St. John's, Nfld., October, 1991.
  • "Bakhtin, Fish and Architecture." University of Pennsylvania Folklore and Folklife Colloquium Series in Honor of Don Yoder, Philadelphia, PA, February, 1992. [invited]
  • "The Materials of Domestic Identity in Newfoundland, 1880-1920." Identities, transferts culturels, metissages, Seminaire du Celat, Universite Laval, Quebec, Qué, February, 1992. [invited]
  • "Field Work and Writing in Keels, Newfoundland." Center for Historic Architecture and Engineering Colloquium, College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, April, 1992. [invited]
  • "Gender and the Newfoundland Home, 1900-1920." International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, Paris, France, October, 1992.
  • "Folklore and National Identity." Ethnicity, Land, and the Worldview of Identity, Lithuanian Institute of History, Vilnius, Lithuania, December, 1992. [invited]
  • "Newfoundland Fisheries Architecture." Vernacular Architecture Group, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, April, 1993.
  • "Craft and Cultural Meaning." Making and Metaphor: A Discussion of Meaning in Contemporary Craft, Ottawa, Ont., October, 1993. [invited]
  • "Lithuanian Landscapes in an American City: Arranging Yards in the Scranton Urban Lot." American Folklore Society, Eugene, OR, October, 1993.
  • "Lithuanian Yards in Scranton, Pennsylvania." Institute of History, Vilnius, Lithuania, May, 1994. [invited]
  • "Folklore and Ecology: General Problems." Folklore and Ecology Conference, Lodz, Poland, June, 1994. [invited]
  • "Material Culture Studies: New Directions for Research." L'ethnologie des francophones en Amerique du Nord, 1944-1994, Universite Laval, Quebec, Que., September, 1994. [invited]
  • "Iconoclasm, Nationalism, and Identity: The Lithuanian Example." 5th International Congress of the Societe Internationale d'ethnologie et de folklore, Vienna, Austria, September, 1994.
  • "Cultural Identity and the Invention of Tradition." Commentary, Atlantic Canada Workshop, St. John's, Nfld., September, 1995.
  • "Nationalism and Iconoclasm: The Search for Lithuanian Identity." American Folklore Society, Lafayette, LA, October, 1995.
  • "East European Landscapes: Architecture in the New World." Dept. of Folklore Lecture Series, Memorial University, St. John's, Nfld., March, 1996.
  • "Newfoundland's Material Heritage: Objects of a People's Identity." Research Forum Series, Memorial University, St. John's, Nfld., April, 1996. [invited]
  • "Newfoundland Fisheries Architecture from the 17th to the 19th Century: The Emergence of a New World Form." Research Seminar Series, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, October, 1996. [invited]
  • "Architecture and Craft." Common Ground: Contemporary Craft, Architecture, and the Decorative Arts, Montreal, March, 1997. [invited]
  • "Lithuanian Folklore and Ethnology: Nation-Building Old and New." Folklore Studies Association of Canada/Canadian Association of Slavists, St. John's, Nfld., June, 1997.
  • "Fisheries Architecture in 17th and 18th Century England." Folklore Studies Association of Canada, St. John's, Nfld., June, 1997.
  • "Folklore Studies at Memorial University." Folklore Studies Association of Canada, St. John's, Nfld., June, 1997.
  • "Cabot and Popular Culture." Cabot and His World Symposium, St. John's and Bonavista, Nfld., June, 1997.
  • "Mimicry, Heritage and Non-Tradition: The Cabot 500 Celebration in Newfoundland." American Folklore Society, Austin, TX, October, 1997.
  • "Constructing Historical Roots: The Cabot 500 Celebration in Newfoundland." SIEF Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, April, 1998.
  • "Fairies, Colcannon, and Finnegan's Wake: Newfoundland and Irishness." Concordia Irish Studies Lecture Series, Montreal, Que., March, 1999. [invited]
  • "Teaching Material Culture." Canadian Historical Association/Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Sherbrooke, Que., May, 1999.
  • "Furniture, Context and Style." Canadian Historical Association/Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Sherbrooke, Que., May, 1999.
  • "Is It Authentic, Is It Real, Or Does It Matter?: The Lessons from Wrestling and Buildings." American Folklore Society, Memphis, TN, October, 1999.
  • "The Discovery of Newfoundland Furniture: Design and Cultural Identity." Canadian Decorative Arts Society, Ottawa, Ont., October, 2000 [invited keynote].
  • "A Fashionable Sideboard in an Unfashionable World." Shannon Lecture Series, Dept. of History, Carelton U, October, 2001 [invited keynote].

Panels Organized and/or Chaired

  • Co-chair, "Directions in Antecedent Analysis in Material Culture Studies." American Folklore Society, Philadelphia, PA, November, 1976.
  • Chair, "Foodways and Material Culture." Folklore Studies Association of Canada, London, Ont., June, 1978.
  • Chair, "Application of Folk Culture Research to Living Historical Farms and Agricultural Museums." Ottawa, Ont., June, 1978.
  • Chair, "Maritime Material Culture." American Folklore Society, Salt Lake City, UT, October, 1978.
  • Chair, "Religious Archives in Newfoundland." Archival Association of Atlantic Canada, St. John's, Nfld., September, 1978.
  • Chair, "Current Approaches to the Study of Religious Folk Belief." American Folklore Society, Los Angeles, CA, October, 1979.
  • Chair, "Atlantic Canada Folklore and Folklife: Three Studies." Atlantic Canada Studies Conference, Halifax, N.S., April, 1980.
  • Chair, "Cultural Conceptions of Space." Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada / Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Ottawa, Ont., June, 1982.
  • Organizer, "Regional Studies of Vernacular Architecture." Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada / Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Ottawa, Ont., June, 1982.
  • Chair, "Remodelings, Rebuildings." American Folklore Society, Minneapolis, MN, October, 1982.
  • Chair, "Espaces materials / Space." Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Quebec, Que., May, 1983.
  • Chair, "Atlantic Analogues." Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, St. John's., Nfld., July, 1983.
  • Chair, "Landscape Perspectives." Atlantic Canada Workshop, Caraquet, N.B., September, 1983.
  • Organizer, "Newfoundland Material Culture." Atlantic Canada Workshop, Caraquet, N.B., September, 1983.
  • Chair, "Folk Architecture." American Folklore Society, Nashville, TN, October, 1983.
  • Chair, "Tourism and Architecture." Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, Guelph, Ont., June, 1984.
  • Chair, "Community and Tradition." Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Guelph, Ont., June, 1984.
  • Chair, "Material Culture." American Folklore Society, San Diego, CA, October, 1984.
  • Chair, "Structuring the World of Artifacts: Formal Rules and Social Meanings." American Folklore Society, Cincinnati, OH, October, 1985.
  • Chair and Organizer, "Rethinking the Study of Folk Architecture." American Folklore Society, Baltimore, MD, October, 1986.
  • Chair, "Artifact and Gender," American Folklore Society, Albuquerque, NM, October, 1987.
  • Chair and Organizer, "Fictive Worlds." American Folklore Society, Philadelphia, PA, October, 1989.
  • Chair, "Material Culture: Forms, Issues, and Meaning," American Folklore Society, Oakland, CA, October, 1990.
  • Chair, "Traditional Sources for Contemporary Design." Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, Baddeck, NS, May, 1991.
  • Chair, "Fieldwork and Identity." Folklore Studies Association of Canada, St, John's, Nfld., June, 1997.
  • Chair, "Memories (Re)Invented." American Folklore Society, Austin, TX, October, 1997.


Guest Course Lectures

  • University of Maine: Folklore, Anthropology, April, 1984
  • University of Delaware: History, March, 1985
  • University of Pennsylvania: Folklore & Folklife, April, 1985
  • University College of Cape Breton: Folklore, Museum Studies, February, 1986; October, 1987, July, 1999
  • University of Waterloo: Museum Management, May, 1987
  • University of Toronto: Museum Studies, October, 1987
  • Mount Allison University: Canadian Studies, History, Geography, February, 1990
  • Vilnius University, 1993, 1994

Courses Taught

  • Undergraduate (Folklore):
  • Introduction to Folklore
  • Major Folklore Genres
  • Folklife Studies
  • Newfoundland Folklore
  • Material Culture
  • Folk Belief and Custom
  • Folk Religion
  • Foodways
  • Vernacular Architecture
  • Women's Folklore
  • Field Studies in Vernacular Architecture
  • Field Studies in Folk and Popular Furniture
  • East Anglian Material Culture
  • East Anglian Vernacular Architecture
  • English Interiors
  • Art, Architecture, and Medieval Life
  • Twentieth Century English Town
  • Museums and Historic Sites
  • Newfoundland Irishness
  • English Museums and Historic Sites

Undergraduate (Nursing):

  • Transcultural Health Care

Graduate (Folklore):

  • Advanced Folkloristics
  • Approaches to Folklore Theory
  • History of Folklore Studies
  • Folklore Fieldwork and Research Methods
  • Folk Custom and Belief
  • Traditional Health Systems
  • Folklife Studies
  • Material Culture
  • Folk Religion
  • History of Material Culture Studies
  • Current Research in Folk Architecture
  • Folk and Popular Furniture, 1750-1950
  • Advanced Studies in Folkloris-tics: Research and
  • Ethnog-raphy
  • Newfoundland Folklore and Religion
  • Folk Art
  • Field Studies in Folk and Popular Furniture
  • English Cultural Landscape
  • Vernacular Architecture
  • Medieval Art and Architecture
  • Museums: Perspectives and Practices
  • Newfoundland Folklore

Graduate (Archaeology):

  • Material Culture Analysis
  • Basque Vernacular Architecture

Theses Supervised or Under Supervision (Folklore)

  • "Record, Communication, Entertainment: A Functional Study of Two Family Photograph Collections in St. John's, Newfoundland." MA, 1980.
  • "Boatbuilding in Winterton: The Design, Construction and Use of Inshore Fishing Boats in a Newfoundland Community." MA, 1980 [published 1982].
  • "A Contextual Study of a Newfoundland Folk Artist: Patrick J. Murphy, Bell Island." MA, 1981.
  • The Church Bell Traditions in Newfoundland: A Reflection of Culture Change." MA, 1981.
  • "An Exploration of the November Fifth Bonfire Celebration in Brigus, Newfoundland." MA, 1981.
  • "Carriage-Making in St. John's, Newfoundland: A Historical Study of the Products of a Folk Industry." MA, 1982.
  • "Charismatic Folk Religion in St. John's: A Crossdenominational Study of Custom and Belief in Three Groups." PhD, 1982.
  • "Devotion to St. Gerard Majella in Newfoundland: The Saint System in Operation and Transition." MA, 1985.
  • "The Expression of Tradition: Perennial Gardening in St. John's, Newfoundland." MA, 1985.
  • "A Survey of Traditional Systems of Boat Design Used in the Vicinity of Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, and Hardangerfjord, Norway." PhD, 1989.
  • "The Impact of Professional Building Styles on the Vernacular Housing Tradition of the Codroy Valley, Newfoundland." PhD, 1990.
  • "Foodways of Chinese Immigrants in St. John's, Newfoundland." MA, 1991.
  • "Making Fish on the East Coast of Newfoundland: A Study in Historic Occupational Folklife." MA, 1996.
  • "Life on the Rocks: The Impact of Geographic Perspectives on the Rock Crawling Community in the American West." PhD, 1999.
  • "Dory Building in Western Newfoundland." MA, 2000.
  • "Company Housing in Grand Falls, Newfoundland." MA, in progress.
  • "Negotiating Relationships: Material Culture as Expressions of Identity and Creativity in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland." PhD, in progress.
  • "Elora: Attitudes Towards History and Heritage in a Heritage Community." MA, in progress.
  • "The Public Past Presented: An Evaluation of Lower Fort Gary National Historic Site." MA, in progress.

PhD Supervisory Committee Memberships, Folklore: Laurel Doucette, Diane Tye, Patrick Byrne, Jock Mackay, Barbara Rieti, Isabelle Peere, Elke Dettmer, Melissa Ladenheim, James Moreira, Seana Kozar, Michael Robideaux, Ranald Thurgood;
History: Meredith Quaile; Archaeology: Barry Gaulton.

Theses Supervised (French)

  • "Aspects of the Traditional Life of French Newfoundlanders of Black Duck Brook (L'anse aux Canards, Port-au-Port, Newfoundland) with Special Emphasis on the Role of Women." MA, 1978.

External Examiner

  • M.Mus. programme, University of Toronto, 1986.
  • M. Arch thesis, Technical University of Nova Scotia, 1987.
  • PhD thesis, University Professors Program, Boston University, 1989.
  • PhD thesis, CELAT, Universite Laval, 1994.
  • PhD thesis, Manchester University, 1998.

External Thesis Supervisor

  • PhD thesis, History, University of Waterloo, 1986-1988

Fieldwork

British Isles:
1975: gravestones, vernacular architecture, folk museums, Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland
1979: vernacular architecture, West Country of England
1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998: vernacular architecture, material culture: Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Yorkshire, Norfolk, Devon, Shropshire, Northampshire

Italy:
1993, 1996: vernacular architecture; medieval architecture

France:
1996: vernacular architecture, Normandy

Lithuania:
1993, 1994: vernacular architecture, landscape

Spain:
1979: Basque vernacular architecture

Newfoundland:
1974: textiles, gravestones, agricultural techniques, song and narrative traditions, Avalon Peninsula
1976: textiles, folk religion, vernacular architecture, Avalon Peninsula
1977: vernacular architecture, mummering, Southern Shore
1978: vernacular architecture, land use, interior spaces, Calvert
1979: Basque whaling station archaeology, Labrador
1980: vernacular architecture, Southern Shore
1982: barn-building, Codroy Valley; mummering, Southern Shore
1983: agricultural machinery, Codroy Valley; decorative arts, Bonavista Bay
1984: furniture, Bonavista Bay; popular music, South Coast
1985: furniture, Bonavista Bay; mummering, Bonavista Bay
1989-96: fisheries architecture, Fogo Island; Baie Verte Peninsula

St-Pierre et Miquelon:
2000-2003: vernacular architecture

Quebec:
1978: Irish log architecture, Ottawa Valley
1995: Fisheries architecture

Saskatchewan:
1983: Doukhobor and Ukrainian vernacular architecture north of Saskatoon

New Brunswick:
1995: Fisheries architecture

Nova Scotia:
1995: Fisheries architecture

Eastern United States:
1975-77; 1994-96: vernacular architecture, Pennsylvania German area; English vernacular buildings in Chester County, PA; urban vernacular in Philadelphia; vernacular architecture, veterinary folk medicine, folk religion, northern Pennsylvania and southern New York State; vernacular architecture in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey; eastern European landscapes and architecture in Pennsylvania
Western United States:
1991: Hispanic, Mormon and Native American architecture, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming

Public Sector: Exhibits

  • "Span 200: The Story of German American Involvement in the Founding and Development of America." National Carl Schurz Association, Philadelphia, PA, 1976 [two year tour throughout United States].
  • "Traditional Newfoundland Mats: Mrs. Louise Belbin, Grand Bank, Newfoundland." Memorial University Art Gallery, 1978 [two year tour throughout Newfoundland and Canada].
  • "Traditional Newfoundland Mats: Mrs. Mary Margaret O'Brien, Cape Broyle, Newfoundland." Memorial University Art Gallery, 1978 [two year tour throughout Newfoundland and Canada].
  • "200th Anniversary of the Roman Catholic Church in Newfoundland." Newfoundland Museum, 1984 (with Shane O'Dea).
  • Guest Curator, "The Working World of Egbert Warren: St. John's Life at the Turn of the Century." Newfoundland Museum, November 1987-October, 1988.

Public Sector: Exhibit Catalogues

  • Span 200: The Story of German American Involvement in the Founding and Development of America. Philadelphia: National Carl Schurz Association, 1976 [photograph selection and captions].
  • Traditional Newfoundland Mats: Louise Belbin, Grand Bank, Burin Peninsula. St. John's: Memorial University Art Gallery, 1978 [text and illustrations].
  • Traditional Newfoundland Mats: Mary Margaret O'Brien, Cape Broyle, Southern Shore. St. John's: Memorial University Art Gallery, 1978 [text and illustrations].
  • Upon this Rock: An Exhibition to Commemorate the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Establishment of the Roman Catholic Church in Newfoundland. St. John's: Newfoundland Museum, 1984 (with Shane O'Dea) [text and illustrations].
  • The Working World of Egbert Warren: St. John's Life at the Turn of the Century. St. John's: Newfoundland Museum, 1988.

Public Sector: Museum Training Program Lectures and Workshops

Newfoundland Museum: Training program for volunteer guides, lectures on artifact interpretation and the museum: 1979-1989.
Folklore and the Museum: workshop leader, Ontario Museums Association pre-conference seminar, Sudbury, Ont., October, 1984.
"The Riddle of the Object: Curatorship and Material Culture Research," workshop leader, Alberta Museums Association Professional Development Series, Edmonton, AL, May, 1990.

Public Sector: Media Productions

Film: "Mary Margaret and Jim O'Brien, Newfoundland Mat Makers." 16mm, 30 minute colour film, Memorial University Media Unit, 1978. Shown at: Folklore Studies Association of Canada, Saskatoon, Sask., June, 1979; Ontario Museums Association, Sudbury, Ont., October, 1984.
Television: "Newfoundland Folklore." Five one-half hour programs, University of the Air series, CTV national network, 1981.
Radio: "Folklore in Newfoundland." Weekly fifteen minute series on various topics, VOWR radio, St. John's, Nfld., January - April, 1978.

Public Sector: Workshops for Health Professionals

"Transcultural Nursing." School of Nursing, Memorial University, St. John's, Nfld., June, 1982.
"Folklore and Medicine." College of Family Physicians of Canada, St. John's, Nfld., November, 1985.
"Oral History and Objects." Medicine in Newfoundland: Its Heritage in Artifact and Word, Continuing Medical Education, Memorial University, St. John's, Nfld., September, 1990.

Public Sector: Workshops for Crafts Professionals

"Newfoundland Hooked Rugs, Spinning and Sheep Shearing." Good Entertainment Festival, St. John's, Nfld., November, 1977.
"Traditional Newfoundland Patterns and the Relation to Contemporary Crafts." Newfoundland and Labrador Crafts Development Association Production Workshop, St. John's, Nfld., November, 1978.

Public Lectures to Various Groups:

  • "Newfoundland Hooked Mats." Memorial University Art Gallery, St. John's, Nfld., May, 1978.
  • "Newfoundland Gravestones." Memorial University Annex Art Gallery, St. John's, Nfld., February, 1979.
  • "Newfoundland Folklore." Women in Touch Group, St. John's, Nfld., March, 1980.
  • "Folk Arts in Newfoundland." Coalition of Community Youth Councils, Summerside, Nfld., March, 1980.
  • "Cultural Traditions in Newfoundland and Labrador." Skills Development Workshop for Cultural Organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador, Secretary of State, Mount Pearl, Nfld., November, 1981.
  • "Newfoundland Folklore." St. Mark's High School, Kings Cove, Nfld., November, 1981.
  • "Newfoundland Folklore." Labrador Heritage Society, Goose Bay, Labrador, May, 1982 [keynote].
  • "Yard Art in Newfoundland." Memorial University Art Gallery, St. John's, Nfld., February, 1983.
  • "Folklore Studies and the Museum." Labrador Heritage Society, Goose Bay, Labrador, November, 1983.
  • "Folklore in the Local Community." Regional High School, English Harbour West, February, 1984.
  • "Newfoundland Traditional Crafts." Newfoundland Culture Seminar, Stephenville, Nfld., March, 1984.
  • "Vernacular Architecture of the West Country." Wessex Society, St. John's, Nfld., February, 1986.
  • "Horizontal Log Architecture of the Codroy Valley." Newfoundland Historic Trust, St. John's, Nfld., October, 1987.
  • "Newfoundland Supernatural Beliefs." St. John's Kiwanis Club, St. John's, Nfld., May, 1988.
  • "Newfoundland Hooked Rugs." Avalon Community College, November, 1988.
  • "Newfoundland Customs," The Child: An Active Learner, YM-YWCA Conference, St. John's, Nfld., March, 1989.
  • "Newfoundland Folklore." Beta Sigma Phi, Kelligrews, Nfld., April, 1989.
  • "Newfoundland Gravestones: A Genealogical Approach." Newfoundland Genealogical Society, St. John's, September, 1989.
  • "Newfoundland Furniture." St. Luke's Home, St. John's, November, 1989.
  • "Newfoundland Christmas Traditions." Our Lady of Mercy School, St. John's, December, 1989.
  • "Newfoundland Folk Culture." Sea Education Association Class, SEA [Woods Hole, MA], St. John's, August, 1992.
  • "The Material Culture of Newfoundland," Atlantic Canada Faculty Institute [U of Maine], St. John's, June, 1993.
  • "Any Mummers 'Loud In." Newfoundland Museum, December, 1994, 1995, 1997.
  • "Newfoundland Crafts." 50+ Outreach Program, St. John's, November, 1995.
  • "Newfoundland Crafts." Hoyle's Home, St. John's, Nfld., March, 1997.
  • "Cabot 500: The Material Legacy." Newfoundland Historic Trust, St. John's, Nfld., November, 1997.
  • "Newfoundland Folklore." Kiwanis Club Golden "K", St. John's, November, 1997.
  • "Any Mummers 'Llowed In?" Admiralty House Museum, Mount Pearl, Nfld., December, 1997.
  • "Newfoundland Crafts." Kiwanis Club of Grenfell, St. John's, February, 1999.
  • "Newfoundland Traditional Mats." Anna Templeton Centre Jubilee Lecture Series, October, 1999.

Media Interviews: Radio

  • 1977: "Halloween." CBC-AM, St. John's, October
  • 1978: "Holy Pictures in the Newfoundland Home." CBC-AM, St. John's, January
  • "Newfoundland Gravestones." CBC-AM, St. John's, January
  • "Easter Customs." CBC-AM, Goose Bay, Labrador, March
  • "Evangelism in Contemporary Society." CBC-AM, St. John's, March
  • 1981: "Southern Shore Architecture." CBC-AM, St. John's, January
  • "Devotional Prints." CBC-AM, St. John's, January
  • "The Irish in Newfoundland." CBC-AM, "Identities" (national series), March
  • "The Old Hag." CJYQ-AM, St. John's, October
  • "Christmas in Newfoundland." CJYQ-AM, St. John's, December
  • 1982: "April Fool's Day." CBC-AM, St. John's, April
  • "Yard Art" and "Cemetery Decoration", CBC-AM, "Identities", (national series), September
  • "Halloween." CBC-AM, Grand Falls, Nfld., October
  • "Folklore Studies in Canada." CBC-AM, Sydney, N.S., October
  • 1983: "Hunting the Wren." CBC-AM, St. John's, December
  • 1984: "Keels Furniture." CBC-AM, St. John's, July
  • 1985: "Newfoundland Furniture as Gossip." CBC-AM, St. John's, October
  • 1986: "St. Patrick's Day." CBC-AM, Grand Falls, March
  • "Newfoundland Furniture." CKIX-FM, St. John's, October
  • "Halloween." CBC-AM, Grand Falls, October
  • "Mummering." CKO National Network, December
  • 1988: "Religious Devotional Images in the Newfoundland Home." CBC-AM, "Open House", (national series), January
  • "Nursery Rhymes." CBC-AM, "Morning Show", November
  • 1990: "Canadian Folklore Studies." ABC Radio, Canberra, Australia, July
  • 1992: "Gravestone Orientation." CBC-AM, Moncton, NB
  • 1997: "Fish Stages on Fogo Island." CBC-AM, Morning Show, July
  • 1999: "Professional Wrestling." 22 media radio interviews across Canada

Media Interviews: Television

  • 1978: "Religion and Health." CBC-TV, "Dialogue", St. John's, January
    "Newfoundland Gravestones." CBC-TV, "Broth's Half Hour", St. John's, March
    "Halloween." CBC-TV, "Broth's Half Hour", St. John's, October
    "Boxing Day." CBC-TV, "Broth's Half Hour", St. John's, December
  • 1979: "Roman Catholic Holy Pictures in Newfoundland." CBC-TV, "Dialogue," January
    "St. Brigid's Day." CBC-TV, "Broth's Half Hour", February
    "Halloween." CBC-TV, "Broth's Corner", October
  • 1981: "Newfoundland Gravestones." CBC-TV, "Dialogue", St. John's, March
    "Bonfire Night in Newfoundland." ETV, Memorial University, March
  • 1982: "Vernacular Architecture of the Southern Shore." ETV, Memorial University, February
  • 1986: "Mummering." Here and Now, CBC-TV, December
  • 1994: "Newfoundland Gravestones." NTV, St. John's, June
  • 1999: "Professional Wrestling." interviews on CBC-TV, St. John's, CBC-Midday, CTV Canada AM

University Service

  • Dept. of Folklore Library representative, 1977-
  • Review Committee, M.A. Nursing Programme proposal, 1982
  • Departmental Observer, Council of Graduate Studies, 1982
  • Moderator, Folklore Society, 1982-84; 1985-86
  • Ad-hoc Committee, Re-admittance policies, Graduate Studies, 1984
  • Research Ethics Committee, Faculty of Arts, 1986-89, 1994-97; Chair, 1989-91
  • Arts Council Representative, Faculty of Medicine, 1989-90
  • Dept. of Folklore, Promotions and Tenure Committee, 1986-89, 1995-
  • Dept. of Geography, Headship Search Committee, 1989
  • Arts Council Representative, Faculty of Medicine, 1989-91
  • Dept. of Folklore, Graduate Programme Review Committee, 1990
  • Dept. of Folklore, Headship Search Committee, 1991
  • SSHRCC Mentoring Committee, Faculty of Arts, 1993
  • Vice-President's Grants Committee, 1995-97
  • ISER Executive, 1999-2002
  • ISER Grants Committee, 1997, 2000; Chair, 2000, 2002
  • Coordinator, Heritage Resources Diploma Program, 1999-