Friday, October 14, 2011
jackson's arm. the place.
last evening i returned from 3 days in jackson's arm. i'm involved in a project and will talk about that tomorrow. jackson's arm is a 2 hour drive from corner brook and situated in white bay. 20 years ago i drove there to catch the boat to harbour deep (a community that has since, sadly, been abandonned). jackson's arm i imagine is a typical small rural newfoundland community. oozing with charm. postcard pretty.
the people i met are amazingly industrious. the woodpiles are neatly stacked and ready for the coming cold. the men were out hunting for their moose. the fish drying on the lines. for hundreds of years, communities like jackson's arm were self-sufficient. gardens and livestock. wisdom for how to make or mend or cure almost anything. the knowledge (held by the oldest residents) is still there but will soon be lost. the project i'm involved in is a small step in trying to get that back.