Othering and Owning: Newfoundland Mummers and the Transformation of Difference

Lay Summary 

Mummers, given form in essay, art print, or paper maché Christmas tree ornament, are important transitional images within Newfoundland’s cultural revival. In exploring interrelationships that link the ‘othering’ (or the examining, from an outsider’s perspective, of something in a way that makes it seem exotic) of early academic studies with contemporary artistic renderings of mummers and their nostalgic images of home, the author asks how mummers give material shape to a distinct regional character and evoke a particular sense of home.

Paper presented at the American Folklore Society Conference, 2002, Rochester, New York.

Departments 
Folklore
Communities 
St. John's
Locations 
Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada
Themes 
Folklore
Artists
Industry Sectors 
Heritage Institutions
Provincial and Territorial Public Administration
Start date 
1 Jan 2002