Chesapeake Seafood – “The last Waterman in Wittman”….

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you probably know about Pot Pie Farm in Wittman. And McMartin and Beggins furniture makers in Wittman. Wittman is a small community, just only a mile from my home here in Bozman, as the crow flies – maybe less. A water community for sure – it, like so many others, is shifting, changing, day by day.

I’ve been longing to add video and audio that might give you a glimpse into our County here in Maryland – Talbot County – and into the world of our local watermen and the Bay, and seafood, and what’s happening here – right now – right in front of our eyes. I’d love for you to hear this local dialect, words directly from the mouths of my neighbors – this last group of fishermen, clammers, crabbers, oystermen.

It wasn’t too long ago, that scientists stated in their reports to the government, that people who hunt and fish for a living will slowly perish. Times are changing, folks. Between the pollution and the runoff, and the heat of the water, and the parasites and the many impacts on the survival of water species…..the economy and the pressure from Asia and such….we’re in the very midst of it all right now.

This really is the last generation of men working the water independently, as their fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers did before them. One or two giant corporations will take over seafood in our little Bay in the future in a blink of the eye, just like they took over agriculture in our country. Amazing, what changes our generation is seeing, right now, right before our eyes.

And luckily for us, just today, I got permission from Annie Escobar to share this incredible video with you, right here – on A Chesapeake Journal: not only is the videography stunning, the storytelling is absolutely stellar. See for yourself, and click here.

And to learn more about this fantastic group, “Listen in Pictures”, documenting with video – click here. Thanks so much to all of you, Listen in Pictures, for your fantastic work and for letting us sharing this piece of our own culture, right here, right now.

Damn. Important. Stuff.

(and if for some crazy reason, the link didn’t work for you – click here –

~ by kbosin on January 15, 2012.

One Response to “Chesapeake Seafood – “The last Waterman in Wittman”….”

  1. Fabulous video, very touching. Thanks for posting!

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