The name "Grenfell" is frequently synonymous with high-quality crafts produced in northern Newfoundland and Labrador, particularly the famous Grenfell hooked mats and Grenfell coats. Initially, mission workers exchanged clothes for native handicrafts. However, this was replaced by an ambitious "industrial works" programme, intended to encourage the production of crafts for international markets. An Industrial Department was established at St. Anthony in 1906, and skilled professionals taught weaving, hooking, and carving.
The industrial works provided occupational therapy for the ill, a source of independent income for the handicapped, and a domestic industry which provided some cash in a credit-dominated economy.
The language in the title reflects
contemporary views by mission staff and volunteers towards northern
Newfoundland and Labrador
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