Collection CMH 86-46 - Inverness County Dance Project

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Inverness County Dance Project

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Barbara LeBlanc and Laura Sadowsky / Carmelle Bégin / Centre for Canadian Folk Culture Studies / Canadian Museum of Civilization

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CMH 86-46

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  • 1986 (Creation)
    Canadian Museum of History

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77.2 GB of textual records and other material
17 videocassettes
1 cm of textual records

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Videocassette copies and accompanying textual records were sent to the Beaton Institute at the request of Elizabeth Beaton-Planetta from Renee P. Landry, Curator, Document Collections, Canadian Centre for Folk Culture Studies on September 21, 1987. Permission has been granted to the Beaton Institute to make the works available online through a 2016 partnership agreement between the Beaton Institute and the Canadian Museum of History. Born digital materials (sound recordings, moving images, and textual records) from the full collection were transferred to the Beaton in June 2016.

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Collection consists of seventeen, ¾” tape (U-matic) videocassette reproductions and textual records created for the Inverness County Dance Project by Barbara LeBlanc and Laura Sadowsky for the Canadian Museum of Civilization, now the Canadian Museum of History, Musée canadien de l’histoire.

While working on their M.A. (History) at Laval University (QC), LeBlanc and Sadowsky completed the Inverness County Dance Project. For years they pursued independent research in the Acadian areas of Inverness County and Waltham, Mass. During June to August 1986, in collaboration with the Beaton Institute and the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Museum of Man), LeBlanc and Sadowsky researched dance traditions of Acadian, Irish, Mi'kmaq, and Scottish groups in Inverness County. These collected sound recordings, textual transcripts, and moving images were recorded across Cape Breton Island.

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