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The "French Shore" tapestry project is a remarkable artistic and community achievement, and it is nice that Barbara Doran has documented it on film. However, the French cultural angle all seems a bit contrived. Like Tilting on Fogo Island, Conche is a distinctly Irish cultural outpost on the largely English-Protestant northeast coast. Since there was never a permanent French community, why should one be surprised that no one speaks French now, or exhibits any other traits of French culture, for that matter? Of greater interest is the strong retention of Irish culture and how this may have contributed to the unusually high levels of achievement among residents of Conche.
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