Book Launch Party ANOTHER HAUL by Charlie Groth March 22nd at the Lambertville Public Library

Join us for a Book Launch Party with Charlie Groth Friday March 22nd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Lambetville Public Library.

A RECORD CATCH OF PLACE, LORE, TRADITION, AND FAMILY CONNECTION WITH ENVIRONMENT
Another Haul is a beautifully written ethnography of a community and the fishing tradition that sustains its sense of place through what the author calls ‘narrative stewardship.’ It is the tale of a remarkable family and the stories that have sustained their traditions, their values, and their community. From the ‘big stories’ of environment, tradition, and civility to the personal narratives of place, relationships, and boundaries, Another Haul is an excellent study of the intersections between conversation, story, and occupational identity. The author writes in a lyrical style that had me eager to come back to the book between readings just to see how the ‘characters’ were faring and what they have been up to.”

—Amy Skillman, director of the MA in Cultural Sustainability at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland

Lewis Island in Lambertville, New Jersey, is the site of the Lewis Fishery, the last haul seine American shad fishery on the nontidal Delaware River. The Lewis family has fished in the same spot since 1888 and operated the fishery through five generations. The extended Lewis family, its fishery’s crew, and the Lambertville community connect with people throughout the region, including environmentalists concerned about the river. It was a Lewis who raised the alarm and helped resurrect a polluted river and its biosphere. While this once exclusively masculine activity is central to the tiny island, today men, women, and children fish, living out a sense of place, belonging, and sustainability.

In Another Haul: Narrative Stewardship and Cultural Sustainability at the Lewis Family Fishery, author Charlie Groth highlights the traditional, vernacular, and everyday cultural expressions of the family and crew to understand how community, culture, and the environment intersect. Groth argues there is a system of narrative here that combines verbal activities and everyday activities.

On the basis of over two decades of participation and observation, interviews, surveys, and a wide variety of published sources, Groth identifies a phenomenon she calls “narrative stewardship.” This narrative system, emphasizing place, community, and commitment, in turn, encourages environmental and cultural stewardship, tradition, and community. Intricate and embedded, the system appears invisible, but careful study unpacks and untangles how people, often unconsciously, foster sustainability. Though an ethnography of an occupation, the volume encourages readers to consider what arises as special about all cultures and what needs to be seen and preserved.
 

CHARLIE GROTH, PhD, teaches cultural anthropology and research writing at Bucks County Community College. A folklorist andS native of New Jersey, she, her husband, and two daughters are members of the Lewis Fishery crew.

Event date: 
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Lambertville Public Library
6 Lilly St,
Lambertville, NJ 08530

 

 

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