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Rob Capriola, champion carver, at work
Rob Capriola, a champion carver, works as a biologist for the California Waterfowl Association

Decoy Carving as Folk Art

This project depicts and describes the art of decoy carving and its history, and profiles contemporary carvers. Now sought by collectors, the hand-carved floating sculptures have been used by hunters to attract waterfowl for more than 100 years in California's First Congressional District. The district lies in the path of the Pacific flyway, the seasonal migratory route of more than 20 percent of all waterfowl in North America. Project documentation comprises a bound booklet with 41 pages of text with integrated photographs, copies of newspaper articles and of promotional materials for decoy shows.

Originally submitted by: Mike Thompson, Representative (1st District).



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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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