Jacey C.

St. Stephen, New Brunswick


Fishermen Superstitions

My project is on fishermen superstitions that have been passed down from generation to generation on the island of Campobello, New Brunswick. There is a brief history of the island and fishing industry, along with the superstitions that the local fishermen follow during their fishing seasons.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned about my topic was how superstitions varied between fishermen. There are common ones that are followed by most, such as never wear corduroy, or some superstitions are only followed by certain fishermen. I guess it all depends on which ones have been passed along in their family or ones they have picked up from other fishermen and their own personal experiences while on the water.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

While researching and talking with the local fishermen, I have learned to take superstitions into consideration. Each superstition had their reasons why they should be followed, along with the stories of how they came to be. The lesson I learned, is knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation is very important, worth listening to and worth sharing, as this knowledge may help or improve on how things are done.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I believe the knowledge that has been passed down through the generations is still valued as it was back then. I know I am still young, but I have listened and used the knowledge that has been passed down by my family members, which I believe happens in all families, and this has continued throughout history.