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Yasi Zeichner (Trad Camp Manager 2018), Paul Rocheleau (Head Crank 2018) and Mark Sustic doing the first 2 verses of ‘Blow Your Horn Hunter’, a song from Margaret MacArthur, selected for the 2018 crankie at Trad Camp (7/23 through 7/27). 2nd and 4th lines (‘blow your horn hunter’ and ‘I am a jovial hunter’) gets repeated by everyone throughout the song (11 verses).
What’s a crankie? During camp, all campers will participate in creating a crankie, and will learn a song to sing or play for the crankie. A crankie is an old storytelling art form. It’s a long illustrated scroll that is wound onto two spools which are loaded into a box which has a viewing screen. The scroll is hand-cranked while the story is told (or the song is sung). It can be accompanied by a narrative, song or tune.
Here is an example of a crankie by the duo Anna and Elizabeth, instructors at the 2017 Trad Camp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLSW9iZiyKs
For further information and history on crankies, visit this website: http://www.thecrankiefactory.com
More to come, about crankies and much more!