Journey Proud

Journey Proud is Alabama Public Television's new documentary series highlighting the People, Customs, and Traditions of Alabama. Hosted by Joey Brackner, Director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, Journey Proud canvases the state documenting Alabama

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Alabama Dialects - North
The way we talk is the most distinctive thing about an individual or his or her community. Journey Proud welcomes back linguist Dr. Anna Head as we head to North Alabama. In contrast to our south Alabama trip, we travel from Albertville to Hamilton through the part of the state where the 'R' sound is much more pronounced. Joey Brackner hosts.
Episode#: 408
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Alabama Dialects - South
Our language and speech do much to define who we are. Journey Proud welcomes linguist Dr. Anna Head in a trek across Lower Alabama from Elba to Mobile talking to a number of folks about their speech and what it means to them. In doing so, we will learn about the Confederate Vowel and unvoiced obstruents. Joey Brackner hosts.
Episode#: 407
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Blessing of the Fleet
Since time immemorial, men have gone down to the sea and ships. In Alabama's fishing village of Bayou La Batre, the seafood industry is king and the success of the harvest as well as the safety of the fishing fleet is of utmost concern. For the last 68 years, the traditional blessing of the fleet has grown to be a huge event combining the solemnity of the Archbishop of Mobile's blessing with the joyous celebration of the bounty of the sea. Journey Proud goes to the Bayou to meeting the fisherman, clergy, parishioners and townspeople who produce the event and drive the local fishing economy.
Episode#: 406
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Muscle Shoals
The Muscle Shoals Sound has influenced music all over the United States and around the world. Journey Proud heads to the Shoals to experience the culture of the recording studio and examine the process by which a song idea becomes a recorded release. By meeting with and talking with the writers, musicians and producers who are the bones of the music industry, we will find out how a sleepy little Alabama town became an artistic powerhouse.
Episode#: 405
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FFA Music
The Future Farmers of America is more than production farming preparation and agriculture science. The organization has also fostered leadership in a wide number of fields including that of the arts. For many years, this national high school organization has sponsored music programs which encourage local music traditions such as bluegrass style string band and gospel quartet. Journey Proud travels to lower Alabama to profile one such string band and their participation in a regional competition. Joey Brackner hosts.
Episode#: 404
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Grave Houses
Grave houses or grave shelters are wooden structures that have been built over burials in southern cemeteries for some two hundred years. No one is quite sure why this tradition began but everyone agrees that the lack of maintenance of these enigmatic structures makes them an endangered cultural artifact. Journey Proud welcomes cultural geographer Dr. Greg Jeane as we visit examples of the Alabama grave house and meet the people who are saving them for the future.
Episode#: 403
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Freedom's Eve
The traditional New Year's Eve commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Episode#: 402
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Squirrel Hunting
Squirrel meat was once a mainstay for Alabama families. This plentiful and inexpensive staple has its roots in our frontier period when specialized rifles and dog breeds were developed specifically for hunting this small game. Today, a dedicated group continues to raise and train squirrel dogs, hunt them, and make delicious dishes from this small game.
Episode#: 401
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Herbal Medicine
For generations, certain members of American communities have acquired centuries-old knowledge of the use of plants in medicine. We'll travel to the woods with Darryl Patton and his apprentice as he gathers plants and teaches, using the Alabama forest as his classroom.
Episode#: 309
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Alabama Sausage
Alabamians love their pork barbecue, but the state is also home to several sausage manufacturers ? some well-known and some who are emerging. Journey Proud visits two of the up-and-coming sausage makers in the state, Monroe County Sausage and Fatback Pig, to see ? how the sausage is made.? Located at opposite ends of the state, in Beatrice and Eva, Alabama, these businesses have developed their own ? flavor profiles? and spice combinations.
Episode#: 308
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For Orthodox Christians the paintings of Christ, the Saints and other biblical figures in Churches, chapels and homes are not just art but an integral part of worship. Journey Proud visits Elias Katsaros, who immigrated to Alabama from Greece and has become one of the nation's premiere icon painters. His Byzantine style, which uses earth tones with gold leaf, adorn sanctuaries across America. We'll visit his Huntsville studio where he is teaching the next generation of iconographers. Joey Brackner hosts.
Episode#: 307
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Piney Woods Cattle
In Covington County, some beef producing families have continued to raise a pioneer breed of cattle descended from those brought by the Spanish during the colonial period. JOURNEY PROUD visits these cattlemen to learn why they raise these herds and how the longleaf pine ecosystem in this part of Alabama helped keep alive an older practice of free range grazing.
Episode#: 306
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Mardi Gras Floats
Local artists in Mobile work year-round to design and construct the large floats that define the parades of local Mardi Gras marching societies. The look and themes of these floats change between carnival seasons. Journey Proud visits two Mardi Gras
Episode#: 305
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Americans of Indian descent have introduced the beautiful but impermanent tradition of decorating the ground and especially entrance ways with colored powders, spices and sands. The practice known as Rangoli is waning in both India and the United States but cultural practitioners such as Amita Bhakta are encouraging a revival of this ancient tradition. Journey Proud drops in on Alabama
Episode#: 304
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Jefferson County Gospel
Jefferson County, Alabama, is home to a distinct a cappella gospel style which developed in the African-American community during the regions industrial development in the early 20th century. Featuring a
Episode#: 303
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Dowsing is a traditional method of finding water and other objects underground. Using a forked stick or two metal rods, one walks over the ground hoping for a reaction from the instruments. Larry Smith of Tumbleton in Henry County gives us a crash course on the use of dowsing rods and we find out that one can find more than water using this technique.
Episode#: 302
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Catalpa Worm Fishing
The use of the Catalpa Worm as fish bait may be as old as the American Indian groups who once populated Alabama. The caterpillar of the Catalpa Sphinx Moth seems irresistible to the fresh water fish of southern lakes and streams. Biologist Pete Van Zandt of Birmingham Southern College leads us on an exploration of the life cycle of this caterpillar as we seek out its habitat in Catalpa trees in the Birmingham area. We gather to fish with Catalpa Worms at Birmingham
Episode#: 301
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Turkey Calling
Turkey calling is a tradition that has developed over the generations by hunters who seek to
Episode#: 209
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May Day in Gee's Bend
The community of Boykin in Wilcox County is better known to the world as Gee's Bend and is world- renowned for the fabulous quilts that local women have been making for generations. The annual May Day celebration in Boykin serves as a huge homecoming for people with roots in the Bend. We will meet Gee's Benders as they come from all over the United States to gather on the old school grounds, visit relatives, eat great food and participate in a ritual softball game.

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