Journey Proud Season 3 Premiere
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Posted Oct 16, 2015

Journey Proud Season 3 Premiere

Episodes Explore Alabama Hunting and Fishing Traditions
Sunday, Oct. 25 at 6:00pm and 6:30pm

Alabama Public Television's series JOURNEY PROUD begins a brand new season in October with two programs focusing on hunting and fishing traditions in Alabama. State folklorist Joey Brackner takes viewers from turkey calling competitions in Tuscaloosa to a local fishing spot at Birmingham’s Lake Purdy, where fishermen use rather unique bait. The two episodes premiere Sunday, Oct. 25 at 6:00pm and 6:30pm.

Turkey calling is a tradition that has developed over the generations by hunters who seek to “fool” the turkey into walking into their gunsights. The calling techniques and skills of hunters are pitted against one another in turkey calling contests sponsored both locally and regionally.  The Alabama State Turkey Calling Competition held this year (2015) in Tuscaloosa offered a backdrop for Journey Proud to visit and talk with both young and experienced hunters about how the techniques of turkey calling have changed through time. Guests include Charles Brackner, Kenneth Weiss and Kenneth Weiss, Jr.

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’s Lake Purdy where local fisherman share their knowledge of fishing with this unique bait.  Guests include Pete Van Zandt, Jerome Davis and Grant Gentry. 

JOURNEY PROUD host Joey Brackner is the Director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, a department of the Alabama State Council on the Arts. As director, he oversees the Folklife project grants program, which supports efforts by Alabama organizations to present the state’s folk traditions as well as the Folk Arts Apprenticeship grants program supporting master folk artists who teach. In addition to making grants, the Center conducts research in order to produce the weekly Alabama Arts public radio program, an ongoing series of documentary music CDs and occasional traveling exhibitions.

Funding for JOURNEY PROUD is provided in part by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Alabama Power Company; Community Foundation of South Alabama; Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust. Broadcast support comes from Alabama Tourism Department and Hargrove Engineers + Constructors.

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Host Joey Brackner tries his hand at Catalpa Worm fishing on Journey Proud.

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Journey Proud explores the evolution of turkey calling techniques.

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