Folklife Resources for Educators
Materials Related to Loggers
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Woodsmen and River Drivers – Teaching Guide
by Paddy Bowman
Teaching guide for grades 10-12 to accompany the film “Woodsmen and River Drivers,” created by filmmakers Michael Chalufour, Karan Sheldon, and David Weiss in 1989. The 28-minute film, available as streaming video on folkstreams.net, features men and women who worked for a lumber company in Maine before 1930 and who share their recollections of the logging industry. Documentary footage illustrates the dangerous and exhausting work of cutting trees by hand, hauling logs to the river with horses, and floating them down to the mill. By encountering firsthand accounts of arduous physical labor and the seasonal round of old-time logging in the film and teaching guide, students gain perspective on work and occupations in their own lives and communities, including how occupational folklife contributes to a sense of place.
|Grade Level: 9-12
||Curriculum: Art and Culture; History and Social Studies; Language Arts
|Resource Type: Lesson plans; Primary sources; Activities; Video recordings
|Subjects: Hazardous occupations; Labor history; Log driving; Ethnographic films; Loggers; Oral history; Occupations--Folklore; Maine--Social life and customs; Educational films; Industrialization; Place-based education; Logging; Lumbermen; Seasons
Geographic locations: Maine