Last weekend Paula Dickerson visited Ocracoke once again. Paula works with Walt Wolfram, linguist from NC State who has been studying the Ocracoke brogue for more than fifteen years. Walt and his staff are hoping to put together another CD of stories told by native islanders. They are looking for more female voices so I put them in touch with Blanche.
Paula spent nearly two hours recording Blanche, and she was so happy to meet her and preserve a number of her stories. Paula was amazed at the clarity of the stories, and the wealth of local information (about hunting, gardens, hurricanes, shipwrecks, and other lore) that Blanche shared. Toward the end of the interview Paula asked Blanche about words peculiar to Ocracoke. Among others Blanche offered "termagant." This was a new word for Paula.
Look for more about termagant tomorrow.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story about volunteering for turtle patrol with the National Park Service. You can read her story and see her pictures here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072809.htm.