Today as I started on my walk home from the museum I realized how used to living in Cow Head I have become. The more time I spend here and the more people I get to know here the more my feeling for Newfoundland grows.
Several things I have encountered here have helped me to understand this place a little bit more. One of them is a book that a local woman started to write on the genealogy of Cow Head. The book was only ever produced as a rough draft but nevertheless it has been an excellent tool for me at the museum and in general. The book tells of the first settlers in this area and nothing has drawn the image of early life here as clearly in my mind as this book.
Another thing I have found insightful comes from the music and theater being performed in this town. Cow Head is home to a prominent Newfoundland theater company in the summer months. Fortunately I have been able to take in a few of the shows they have put on as well as a show by a well-known local musician. Seeing Newfoundland portrayed by Newfoundlanders through acting and singing has helped me to be all the more conscious of the particular culture that these people share.