In 2021, Heritage NL and Craft Council of NL released the first Craft at Risk List for Newfoundland and Labrador. The list featured 55 crafts, 10 of which were listed as critically endangered. You can see the full list of Heritage Crafts considered at risk at https://heritagenl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Craft-at-Risk-List-2021.pdf
Now, Heritage NL is looking to update and expand that list, and needs your help!What is a "Heritage Craft"?
For the purposes of this research, we are using the definition developed by the UK-based Heritage Crafts Association, which defines a heritage craft as "a practice which employs manual dexterity and skill and an understanding of traditional materials, design and techniques, and which has been practised for two or more successive generations."
For this survey, we are asking crafters, makers, and builders to give us feedback on the current state of the heritage craft form they are most familiar with in Newfoundland and Labrador. This information will be used to update our list of those crafts most at threat in the province. The project also aims to create a list of heritage crafts in NL, accompanied by information about each craft and whom may practice it.