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Carolyn Ellis

Ethnography

1986

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Fisher Folk: Two Communities On Chesapeake Bay, Carolyn Ellis Dec 1985

Fisher Folk: Two Communities On Chesapeake Bay, Carolyn Ellis

Carolyn Ellis

In the backwaters of Chesapeake Bay many people spend days crabbing or shellfishing alone from small boats, speak with local accents reminiscent of Old World forebears, believe and practice fundamental religion, and value their work on the water and raising families over education. Cut off by the water and marshes that provide their livelihood, they have tenaciously maintained their traditional ways of life. In this new book, Carolyn Ellis, who lived among these fisher folk, provides an intimate view of everyday life in two communities on the Bay. She describes the work of crabbing, oyster tonging, and oyster shucking in ...