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UNH Hosts Indian Woodcarvers April 9-10

By Erika L. Mantz
UNH News Bureau

March 19, 2003

DURHAM, N.H. - The Center for New England Culture at the University of New Hampshire will host two Penobscot Indian woodcarvers April 9 and 10, 2003, for a lecture and woodcarving workshop. The events are funded by the UNH Parent's Fund, and are free and open to the public.

Stan Neptune and his son, Joe "Hugga" Dana, were featured artists at last summer's Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife. They carve war clubs, root clubs and walking sticks. For a root club, the root bundle of a gray birch is shaped to reveal animal and spirit faces, and the handle is carved with traditional and personal chip designs.

On Wednesday, April 9, from noon to 1 p.m., the two men will discuss "Penobscot Root Clubs, past and present" in room A218 of UNH's Paul Creative Arts Center. They also will also conduct carving workshops at the woodshop in the Service Building on College Road. Participants can observe or work on the creation of a poplar walking stick. Workshops are scheduled for 9:30-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. on April 9, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 10.

For more information, contact David Watters at (603) 862-3983 or


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