VideoBoozer working on the tail of the decoy - undercutting primary feathers, using a chisel and rasp to shape the tail section. Produced and shot by SC Educational Television.
General - Traditional Arts
Home to a wealth of folk traditions, South Carolina is culturally and geographically diverse. From the Appalachian Mountains to the Sea Islands and from rural crossroads to urban centers, the state boasts rich sources of traditional culture and folklore. Rooted in family and community activities, folklife involves expressive forms of many kinds that are communicated verbally and by observation or imitation. Folk artists can learn through apprenticeships, but most often are taught informally by family members or close friends. This sharing of information can occur in many different group settings - familial, occupational, religious, social, and educational. Folklife is dynamic by nature, a part of a community's history that continues to develop every day, with every generation.
Digital Traditions was developed to provide access to the Folklife Resource Center (FRC) at McKissick Museum. For thirty years, deeply rooted traditions like quilting, pottery, basketry, communal foodways, and folk music have been documented through audio, video, and photography. For further information about any of the artists featured on Digital Traditions, send your questions and comments to email@example.com.
Within this Series
VideoRay McLees gives the history of the famous Landy West pot, “Bo Jack.”
VideoJulien Etheridge, manager of Duke’s Bar-B-Que, talks of the change in hash recipes.
VideoBennett’s family used sweetgrass baskets for corn and rice, but mostly the baskets were sold to supplement family income.
VideoThis is an excerpt from the program "Folkways: Face Jugs and Folk Pots" narrated by David Holt. Learn more about Burlon Craig and the firing of his kiln from this is an excerpt from the program...
VideoJeanie Shenal discusses the history of hashmaking at the Hwy 34 VFD.
VideoBoozer uses a brace and gouge to hollow out the underside of the decoy body. Footage courtesy of SC Educational Television.
VideoAuthor John Egerton, scholar Dr. Lee Dew, and “friend of burgoo” Jimmy Biddle at the St. Mary Magdalene Parish’s annual picnic.
VideoVintage footage from "The Hired Hands Sunday Show," a 30-minute program aired on WIS-TV in Columbia, SC. Features Pappy Sherrill, Grady Lindler, and Ira Dimmery. 1961.
VideoNola Harris Campbell finishes the outside of the pot by rubbing it with a corn cob. This "blends" the coils together and the pot is ready to cure or dry. Harris also demonstrates "scraping" a dried...