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New exhibition in Montreal looks at "the corn people"
New exhibition in Montreal looks at "the corn people"

Rediscovering the "Corn People" of the St. Lawrence Valley

Five centuries ago, the St. Lawrence valley, from Watertown to Quebec City, was ruled by a culture that modern anthropologists call "the corn people." When the first French explorer Jacques Cartier arrived in 1534, he found bustling towns and well-ordered fields. A few decades later, when Samuel de Champlain reached the same area, the corn people were gone. Their villages were empty. Their fields were abandoned. A new exhibition in Montreal explores the mystery of their disappearance. But as Brian Mann reports, some members of the Mohawk community say the scientists and historians have the story wrong.  Go to full article
Marylee Ballou shows off one of her six scrapbooks
Marylee Ballou shows off one of her six scrapbooks

Celebrating the art of scrapbooks

A new exhibit on scrapbooks opens at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) this weekend. "Memories to Share: A Sample of North Country Scrapbooks" opens Saturday (10am) as part of Canton's "Winterfest" celebration. For many scrapbookers, their albums are a way of preserving a record of family life or special events. The history of scrapbooks goes back centuries. Todd Moe asked Potsdam scrapbooker Marylee Ballou how she learned the art of "heirloom albums".  Go to full article
Valerie Perry (left) and Lucy Ruiz serving soulful food at Willie Mae's.
Valerie Perry (left) and Lucy Ruiz serving soulful food at Willie Mae's.

Soul food for the stomach and spirit

The growth of Fort Drum since the 1980s has had a profound cultural effect on the Watertown area. You can see it in the restaurants scattered outside the base. Thai food, Korean food, dixieland BBQ all serve their constituents. A new restaurant outside Fort Drum serves both African-American soul food and Puerto Rican Hispanic fare. As David Sommerstein reports, its owners also dish up a helping of food for the spirit. Willie Mae's Soul Food and Hispanic restaurant is on 30092 Rt.3 in Black River, near Watertown. Call for hours and more information: (315)286-2146.  Go to full article

TAUNY celebrates 20 years

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, or TAUNY, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Todd Moe talks with director Varick Chittenden about 20 years of collecting and preserving North Country culture and art, and how TAUNY got its start.  Go to full article
James Cawley as James T. Kirk
James Cawley as James T. Kirk

Star Trek's Bold New Frontier in Port Henry

This week, an empty Chevy dealership in the Champlain Valley town of Port Henry has come to life again. The dusty building has been transformed by a small group of Star Trek fans into a professional-quality movie studio. Using volunteer labor and some surprising sources of money, the group is creating new Star Trek episodes that harken back to the TV show's glory days in the late 1960s. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

With Pipe and Book Closes in Lake Placid

One of the North Country's cultural landmarks is closing. With Pipe & Book, a popular used bookstore and tobacco shop in Lake Placid, will close its doors after 29 years. The business has also been an important market for books about the Adirondacks. Co-owner Julie Turner spoke with Brian Mann. She's this morning's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Preview: Mohawks Tell Stories Through Dance and Song

The Town of DeKalb 2006 Performance series begins Friday night (7 pm) at the Old Meetinghouse Museum in East DeKalb. The first performance for the season will be traditional music and dance by a group of Mohawk musicians. Sarah Hern, curator at the Ronathanhonni Cultural Center at Akwesasne on Cornwall Island, spoke with Todd Moe about the group's performance.  Go to full article

Preview: We Are From Akwesasne

A new interactive traveling exhibit of Mohawk art, artifacts, songs, stories, beliefs and craftmanship opens this weekend at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor. We Are From Akwesasne offers a visual, listening and hands-on experience of Akwesasne artistic and cultural heritage. Exhibit curator and Akwsasne Museum program coordinator Sue Ellen Herne told Todd Moe that the principal advisors for creating the new exhibit were youth from Akwesasne.  Go to full article

An Objection to the "F-word"

As we're told, English is a wonderfully elastic language. It's colorful, inclusive, and in a state of constant change. But some changes are less welcome than others. Commentator Paul Willcott has an issue with the expanding use of a particular bit of profanity.  Go to full article

Tradition and Sociability at Grindstone Island Square Dance

Grindstone Island is a place where the past is quite present. Grindstone is just opposite the St. Lawrence River village of Clayton. It's several miles long, one of the largest of the Thousand Islands. There are no official roads. Folks get around in old jalopies or ATVs. Only 11 people live on Grindstone all winter, but when the weather changes, families who've spent generations of summers there return, and a larger community reassembles. On Saturday nights, the place to be is the big dance at Dodge Hall. Usually it's DJs or rock 'n' roll bands who supply the music. But every once in a while, some fiddlers and callers get together for an old-fashioned square dance. David Sommerstein joined in a couple of weekends ago, and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

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