About Dale Jarvis

Dale Gilbert Jarvis is a storyteller, author, and folklorist, living and working in Newfoundland, Canada.

By day, he works as the Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer for the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, helping communities to safeguard traditional culture, the first full-time provincially funded folklorist position in Canada. Dale holds a BSc in Anthropology/Archaeology from Trent University, and a MA in Folklore from Memorial University. He is a past president of the Newfoundland Historic Trust, and has contributed as a board member and volunteer to many local arts and heritage organizations. He regularly teaches workshops on oral history, cultural documentation, folklore project management, and public folklore programming.

By night, Dale is the proprietor of the St. John’s Haunted Hike ghost tour and raconteur of local tales. As a storyteller, he performs ghost stories, stories of the fairies and little people, tales of phantom ships and superstitions, and legends and traditional tales from Newfoundland, Labrador and beyond. His repertoire includes long-form folk and fairy tales from the island, with a wide-ranging knowledge of local legends, tall tales and myths. Author of several books on Newfoundland and Labrador ghost stories and folklore, he is a tireless promoter of local culture.

High resolution head shots and promotional photos of Dale are on Flickr.

Email Dale at dale@dalejarvis.ca



Online articles for free download:

Analysis of the Trent University ceramic collection from the Krieger Site near Chatham
KEWA: Newsletter of the London Chapter, Ontario Archaeological Society. 96-2 (February, 1996)

Architectural Change and Architectural Meaning in Moravian Labrador, MA Thesis, Memorial University, 2001.

Architectural History of the Crocker Root Cellar, Bradley's Cove.
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador Occasional Paper 009, 2018

An Architectural History of the Pilley's Island United (Methodist) Church
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador Occasional Paper, 2018

A birch broom made by Nigola “Nickly” Jeddore, of Conne River
Heritage Update, 2017

Building Preservation Brief: Central Fire Station and other St. John's Fire Halls

Challenges in the community conservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Newfoundland and Labrador

Chinese Graves at the General Protestant Cemetery, St. John's
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador Occasional Paper 007, 2017

Converting the Landscape: Changes to the Land in Moravian Labrador
Interdisciplinary Conference Order and Chaos - Conference Proceedings, May 1996

Exploring God's Acre: The Moravian Church Mission Graveyard at Hebron, Labrador
Newfoundland Ancestor, Summer 1997

Field Report: ICH Documentation and Communities
ICH Courier Vol 17, 2013

Forward: Folk Belief and Legends of Bay Roberts and Area.

Gender Segregation and Sacred Architecture: A Study of George Street Methodist Church, Peterborough, Ontario
Canadian Folklore Canadien Vol. 17, 2, 1995

Hay Barracks: A vanished piece of Newfoundland's history
Heritage Vol 16, No 2, 2013

Hay Barracks in Newfoundland
Material Culture Review 77/78 (Spring/Fall 2013)

Information and reflection on the approach, strategy and general vision on documenting and inventorying Intangible Cultural Heritage in Newfoundland and Labrador

An Introduction to Placemaking: Thoughts from NL's Intangible Cultural Heritage Office
ICH Update Number 054, page 2., Dec 2014

It’s Like a Living Thing To Me: An oral history of the Jenkins House, Durrell, Twillingate
Occasional Paper on Intangible Cultural Heritage 006, July 2015

Lych-Gates in Newfoundland
Occasional Paper on Intangible Cultural Heritage 004, Aug 2013

The Moravian Dead Houses of Labrador, Canada
Communal Societies Volume 21, 2001

Newfoundland Lych Gates
The Newfoundland Ancestor, vol 29.2, 2013

The Newman Wine Vaults: An Exercise in Community Initiatives and Creative Partnerships
ICOMOS Canada Bulletin Vol. 7, No. 2, 1998

Not in my time, and not in your time: Storytelling, Change and the Oral Tradition in Newfoundland and Labrador
Pathways of Creativity in Contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador

Old Time Concerts on the Baccalieu Trail: A Project-Based Training Case Study
Occasional Paper on Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 2, Aug 2012

An overview of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Strategy

The Power of Safeguarding a Sense of Place: Bridging Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage
ICH Update Number 059 September-November 2015

Preliminary research notes on the traditional Newfoundland children’s game “Hoist Your Sails and Run”
Intangible Cultural Heritage Update Number 049, Feb 2014

Project- Based Training Initiatives: A Model for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Reframing and Extending Tradition: Intangible Cultural Heritage and Public Folklore in Newfoundland and Labrador
Volkskunde 115 (2014) nr. 3., 2014

Resilience of Tradition: Intangible Cultural Heritage Programs in Newfoundland and Labrador
Paper presented at Heritage Canada National Trust Conference 2014

Rug Hooking: Alice Moores, Red Bay
Them Days. Vol.37 No.2, page 4-11, 2013

Safeguarding coastal culture and heritage in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: Bringing together the tangible and the intangible.

The Strathies of Bonavista, Newfoundland: A Family of Builders
Newfoundland Ancestor, Spring 1998

Street Arabs, Drain Sweepers, and Birch Brooms
Heritage Update Number 068 / December 2016-January 2017 Page 4

A Survey of White Bronze Mortuary Monuments in St. John's [Newfoundland, Canada]
Newfoundland Ancestor, 2018

"We modernized 'er, b'y!": The Modern, Moderne, and Post-Modernity in Newfoundland Architecture
Working Papers from the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, 1997

What is Intangible Cultural Heritage? 
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

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