On the eastern edge of North America, Cape Bretoners have, against significant odds, created a society in which culture runs deep. Culture, planners have been saying in recent years, may be the economic engine that saves Cape Breton – music and literature in particular.
Based on interviews carried out by University of New Hampshire folklorist Burt Feintuch, In the Blood conveys the power of culture. Artists, musicians, economic development specialists, educators, former miners and steelworkers, First Nations activists, journalists, fishers, Gaelic revivalists and others are presented in a carefully edited, highly readable and engaging conversation about culture on the island. The book is supported by photographic portraits and an afterword by Gary Samson (New Hampshire Institute of Art). An exhibit of his work at CBU Art Gallery coincided with the launch of the book.