Local traditions and culture in Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

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    Inuit Inukshuks

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Throughout Labrador and other northern Canadian destinations it is common to see an Inukshuk.

    They are traditional beacons that the Inuit people used as markers and navigational devices.

    I have a web link below where I have much more information on these rock monuments seen throughout Labrador.

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    Let's go for a boil up!

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    It is common for people in Labrador and Newfoundland to say they are going for a "boil up".

    This generally consist of lighting a fire on a beach somewhere or at a lake with some wood and boiling the kettle for a cup of tea and enjoying the Labrador outdoors.

    If you have some local smoked char or other food or "grub" its referred to as you will enjoy the boil up even more in my humble opinion and some cold beer.

    If you take me up on this tip you will have a good time but be sure to put out your fire. Be double sure, Labrador has a great forest that people enjoy and its an industry. Small fires have turned into some very large ones in the past and its a tradegy.

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    "A Large Labrador Day"

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    In the Labrador region in the winter out on snowmobile if you get a great sunny day without a cloud in sight and your getting a great tan, many local people call it a "Large Labrador Day".

    In the picture I provided this is an example of that. It is simply beautiful and snowmobiling on a day like this, life doesn't get much better enjoying the vast open spaces in Labrador!!

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    Sunday / Jiggs Dinner

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Labradorians and Newfoundlanders do have a unique diet and the days of the week are rather traditional. For example Saturdays are usually "Pea Soup" day and Sunday is usually reserved for "Sunday" or "Jiggs" dinner.

    This is my favorite meal but not necessarily very healthy you have to try it. It is chicken or turkey with potatos, carrots, turnips, greens, cabbage, sweet potatos and the famous salt beef unique only to this province with dressing and gravey. It is also common to have a lot of different puddings with cranberry sauce.

    Some examples of puddings include bread pudding, raisan pudding, blood pudding, scal pudding, molasses pudding, blackberry, partridgeberry and there are many more!

    It is an awesome meal and you have to try it on your visit!!

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    Newfoundland Dishes

    by easterntrekker Written Jan 3, 2007

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    We are lucky to have family in Newfoundland ...and there is nothing better than trying some of their unique local dishes. For New Year's my mother-in-law made us a traditional rabbit pie. I think the fluffy soda crust was my favorite part....The meat was roasted with garlic and onions ...then steamed veggies are added ...then the crust. It's hardy and good!! Oh ...I almost forgot ...gravey is poured over everything!

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    Jason Crummey meets Captain Canada

    by crummey Written Dec 8, 2006

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    I met Captain Canada at the St. John's Santa Claus Parade. Captain Newfoundland was there too but he took off before I could talk to him.

    I told Captain Canada that I'd been watching him on NTV for the last 2 or 3 decades. Then I told him I was something of a superhero myself, having been Captain Carbonear with Cutting Edge Wrestling; I think he was very impressed by that.
    Captain Canada has a comicstrip in The

    Newfoundland Herald. The strip has been running for decades: longer than my
    whole life. In the comic Captain Canada and Captain Newfoundland
    are always running through the jungles of central america saving blonds from bandits.

    They also have these vignettes on NTV where they are flying across the sky or posing with an array of national and provincial flags.

    I simply had to get my picture taken with Captain Canada: around here, he's more famous than the Spice Girls!

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    fishing

    by aka123 Updated Nov 30, 2005

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    in the fishing season, all hands are needed, tourist are asked if they would like to get amongst it. some even come for that reason, fishing and getting paid for it
    cod mostll, which have to be processed mostly into big codflake barrels.

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    Wood Piles

    by jamiesno Written Dec 18, 2004

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    Throughout Labrador you will see these piles of wood by road side. This is simply wood that people have cut and placed it in this position for storage.

    It will later be cut into smaller peices for wood stoves and used for heat in the winter months. The cost of fuel in northern parts of Canada is very high and a lot of local people use the wood to lower the cost.

    It is a very labour intensive process to get the wood but certainly a traditional local practise.

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    Tasty Bakeapples and Popular Local Custom!

    by jamiesno Written Jun 29, 2004

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    If you are in the southeastern or Labrador Straits regions of Labrador you have to try my favorite berry, the bakeapple. I love them and if you like the outdoors they make a great day of hiking and picking these berries in the wild.

    Throughout this region they are common and by asking some locals they may even give up some of the hot spots!! I have some photos of these berries buy I though this sketch my local artist Cindy Robbins clearly depicts what you should be looking for. Here is some more technical information on the berry.

    The Bakeapple (Newfoundland, Labrador) is known and appreciated by many northern cultures. The berry is also known as: Cloudberry (UK), molte (Norwegian), hjortron (Sweden), lakka (Finland),chicoutai (Innu, Montagnais) chicouté (Quebec). The Bakeapple (Rubus Chamaemorus, also known as Cloudberry) is a part of the rose family and closely related to blackberries and raspberries. Its fruit is generally larger than that of either related group. It is a cloudy golden to orange color when ripe, boasting a unique flavor.

    In the Labrador Straits area, blooming occurs immediately after the peatland thaws and aerial shoots are sent up. These shoots rarely grow over three centimeters and bear five white pedals. The actual fruiting of the berry occurs in July and ripens during the Labrador summer days. Wild bakeapples are plentiful in Labrador, where they are harvested by local pickers in mid August and used for countless recipes and dessert toppings.

    The cloudberry grows in damp peatland type areas which are characteristically acidic. Cloudberry has separately sexed plants, the male and female plants appear to prefer slightly different microclimates, concentrating in different portions of the same bog. Large patches found on many of the bogs in the area are often descendants or "rhyzome clones" of the original parent plant in the patch. This means, with the help of insects and wind the entire patch is pollinated from one set of parents.

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    Labrador Flag

    by jamiesno Written Jun 28, 2004

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    Labrador has its own flag, which is very symbolic of life in Labrador. This flag is meant to be a permanent declaration of the unique identity of the people of Labrador and their common heritage.

    The blue on the flag represents the waters of the lakes, rivers and oceans. The green represents the land and the white represents the snow.

    The symbolic spruce twig was chosen because the spruce tree is the one thing that is common to all geographic areas of Labrador. The four branches of the spruce twig represents four races: the Inuit, the Innu, the Metis and the settlers.

    The twig is in two sections or years of growth. The outer growth is longer than the inner growth. This occurs because in the good growing years, the twig grows longer than in poorer years. Thus, the shorter twig reminds us of times past, while the longer twig represents our hope for the future.

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    Screeching in ceremony

    by Juliemarie Written May 28, 2004

    You must try this!
    Most often it takes place in a bar, and afterwards you are considered an honorary newfie.
    They make you kiss a fish, eat some newfie steak (bologna) drink some stuff that tastes like gasoline (its screech, newfie alcohol), and we had to repeat some stuff that to this day I dont know what I said.
    Marvelous fun.

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