By: Kel Hancock
Blockhouse Investigations-Nova Scotia
After several years- almost 30- of studying the rich folklore of Atlantic Canada and investigating our wonderful legends and mysteries, I'm really happy to be teaming up with Screaming Goat Productions to work on a media project entitled, Myth or History: Stories of the Atlantic.
This project is 100% Atlantic Canadian and that makes me even happier!
So what are we going to do?
Well, it's simple really. We are going to explore the great legends and mysteries of our region, one story at a time. Then, through solid research, information gathering, and critical analysis we are going to present to you both the facts and the fiction in these amazing maritime tales and let you, the viewer, decide for yourself.
This is something that very few others are doing. We want to do things different and show you that investigating legends and folklore does involve real history and that the process of dissecting myth for analysis is just as exciting as the myth itself.
As many know, Oak Island has been a part of me for my entire adult life because of my fascination for the mystery and my ancestral connection to the island. ( see more )
In studying the Oak Island mystery it's virtually impossible not to stumble upon the treasure trove of amazing tales, legends, myths and the unexplained that abound here in our Atlantic home. These are the things I filed away with hopes of revisiting them once I had explored the Oak Island mystery to its fullest.
That time has come.
After being involved with historical research on the island with fellow researcher Doug Crowell, and making a couple of appearances on the History Channel's hit show, The Curse of Oak Island, I decided that I was personally satisfied with the things I'd learned and that it was time to move on- or at least take a break. The Curse of Oak Island is a testament to the fascinating lore of our region and has brought the history of Nova Scotia to the attention of the entire world. The only criticism I have is that it's not being presented in a way that allows for critical analysis or that exemplifies the rich colonial - and pre-colonial- history of the province outside of the realm of the more fanciful theories. There are so many elements of the mystery that have been touted as evidence to support various theories that are easily explained through exploring Nova Scotia's formative colonial years and by sifting through records at our Provincial Archives. These things are not shown, perhaps because it's said they don't make good television. But with that, I couldn't disagree more.
So in this project we hope to show you some of that real history and demonstrate how it can be found, whilst still having fun and conveying a sense of romanticism and wonderment that is always found with Atlantic Canadian folklore.
In short, we are committed to showing you both sides of the story.
The team that we've hand-picked is the perfect mix for that because we are both skeptics and believers. When we present an opinion, we'll also present the counter-opinion and focus on the evidence, or lack of, that each side has to offer.
We are really excited about this project and we hope you'll come along with us as we explore the magical, mythical, land and sea of Atlantic Canada.