Cover image of Heritage Matters: Heritage, Culture, History, and Chesapeake Bay.

Heritage Matters: Heritage, Culture, History, and Chesapeake Bay.

Chambers, Erve. 2006. UM-SG-CP-2006-02. ISBN 978-0-943676-65-4. $9.95. 54 pp. A monograph in our Chesapeake Perspectives series.

Price: $9.95

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Erve Chambers questions the often expressed view that Bay cultures are "dying." According to Chambers, a characteristic that most defines the iconic Eastern Shore watermen is their resilience, their capacity to make do. Watermen and their families pass down a range of skills, the daily lessons of life. These skills and beliefs form part of what Chambers calls "cultural heritage," a genuine form of inheritance that he contrasts with the "public heritage" we so often see in museums and tourist shops.

Chambers draws clear distinctions between private heritage that develops through the local connections of families and communities, and public heritage that is often connected to regional or national history — the publicized stories we tell ourselves that often become codified but which may lose contact with genuine roots of experience.

Chambers expresses a deep faith in the ability of local communities to adapt and change, and worries that we may be conceptually forcing Bay communities into the rigid — even if celebratory — visions we have of them.


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Chesapeake Perspectives

Maryland Sea Grant launched this monograph series on the Chesapeake Bay, entitled Chesapeake Perspectives, as a platform for scholars, researchers, and other experts to share their insights into the Bay's physical, biological, and cultural complexities, its mysteries and conflicts.

The series of invited essays features a wide range of thinkers, including anthropologists, biologists, fisheries experts, environmental policy experts, and others in the social and physical sciences.

Copies of Chesapeake Perspectives are available for $9.95 each for the first three volumes, and $12.95 for the fourth and fifth. A free review copy may be available to educators and others. For information, contact us at communications@mdsg.umd.edu.

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Cover image of Heritage Matters: Heritage, Culture, History, and Chesapeake Bay.

Heritage Matters: Heritage, Culture, History, and Chesapeake Bay.

Chambers, Erve. 2006. UM-SG-CP-2006-02. ISBN 978-0-943676-65-4. $9.95. 54 pp. A monograph in our Chesapeake Perspectives series.

Price: $9.95

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