Fishing is not everything: the occupational folklife of guides at Pratt Falls salmon lodge

Nippard, Leone Holly (2013) Fishing is not everything: the occupational folklife of guides at Pratt Falls salmon lodge. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study was undertaken to show that a remote fishing lodge in Labrador holds many elements of occupational folklife. The practice of actual angling was not looked at, but rather the guides' canon of work technique, joking behavior, foodways, pranks, and narratives were explored. This thesis shows that the job of a guide extends beyond angling to include the role of entertainer and tourism operator. The guides are easygoing people who love fun, but they also establish and maintain boundaries that guests must respect. The guides' position in the lodge's hierarchy is reflected in the lodge's division of space as well as in the guides' interactions with guests, as seen in their efforts to influence an anticipated tip. People come to the lodge to enjoy some of the world's best fishing but it is through the lodge's occupational folklife that a sense of community is created and nostalgic memories and lasting friendships formed.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11142
Item ID: 11142
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 126-130).
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Folklore
Date: 2013
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Fishing lodges--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador; Fishing guides--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador--Social life and customs; Fishing guides--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador--Folklore.

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