culture has been handed down through its rich folklore and the traditional
culture of the early settlers. This folklore is similar to that found
in England and Ireland from where many of the immigrants came.
Newfoundland is a province with an unique culture. It was an independent
nation until 1949, when it joined Canada to become a Canadian province.
The majority of residents speak English as their native tongue, but
French is also spoken in some areas. Native languages include Micmac,
Innuimun, and Inuktitut. Newfoundland spoken English has unique punctuation,
grammar, vocabulary, and expressions, and the province is the only one
in Canada to have its own specialised dictionary.
Some traditional foods include cod, salt cod, moose meat, rabbit, seal
and canned cocktail sausages. Since the collapse of the giant North
Atlantic cod stocks in 1992, cod has become harder to find on the dinner
city and the province has a lively artistic tradition. A well-known
Newfoundland and Labrador song "Thank God we're surrounded by water."
reflects a central theme in the province's rich artistic tradition.
Through most of Newfoundland and Labrador history, artists expressed
themselves primarily through the folk arts, including storytelling,
recitations, songs and ballads, traditional dance, and the music of
the accordion and the fiddle. If you'd like to explore some more go
to the Newfoundland heritage and culture
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