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Menhaden Chanteymen: Music on the Water

Ernest Davis of the North River community near Beaufort explains why the menhaden fishing crews used to sing songs called “chanteys” while pulling in nets heavy with fish. Davis carries on the tradition by performing the songs with the Menhaden Chanteymen, a group that once performed at Carnegie Hall.

This slideshow is part of the North Carolina Humanities Council-funded Raising the Story of Menhaden Fishing project of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island.

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