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The Culture Is Changing

From: Vermont Folklife Center Media
Series: Deer Stories
Length: 04:09

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In this program, hunters describe hunting culture in New England as they were growing up, and how they see that culture changing

Deerstories_small Hunting plays a less central role in rural communities today than it did fifty years ago. Hunters describe how open land is being developed, and land used for generations by hunters is being posted by new landowners.

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Hunting plays a less central role in rural communities today than it did fifty years ago. Hunters describe how open land is being developed, and land used for generations by hunters is being posted by new landowners.

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Review of The Culture Is Changing

The Culture is Changing is the second program in a twelve-part series produced by the Vermont Folk Life Center on deer hunting. The series explores hunting from an insider?s perspective.

The Culture is Changing examines how rural Vermont culture is being transformed because fewer people are hunters. Regardless of your personal feelings about hunting, the notion of how traditions and culture change over time is intriguing. The Vermont Folk Life Center has a rich legacy of collecting oral histories of Vermont life and this particular segment is comprised of several interview clips that are well recorded and edited to convey the impact of this change and the loss felt by those who continue to hunt.

Because there?s only narration at the open, additional context may be necessary in order to broadcast this piece. Deer Stories would be appropriate for any stations located in a rural area where there is a tradition of hunting.

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Review of The Culture Is Changing

Not being a hunter myself, I wondered how much I could to relate to a story about the decline of hunting culture in Vermont. Surprisingly, this simple montage of voices helped me appreciate the sense of loss felt by these hunters. One woman talks about how meaningful it was to learn hunting skills from her parents, and her disappointment that her children are not interested in learning them from her. A man talks about how deer hunting tunes you into nature and your surroundings, and another about the bond hunters develop with land on which they hunt. In a very short time, this piece gave me insight into a culture that has always been foreign to me.

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http://vermontfolklifecenter.org/multimedia/radio/deer-stories/