The History of Fiddling in Northern Alberta: Working Fiddlers

School consolidation (which meant fewer schoolhouses in the country), improved roads for travel by automobile, and declining populations, made rural social life less community-centered. Beginning in the 1940s, many NAFP fiddlers moved into the city.

The horse economy did not completely disappear with the advent of the automobile, however: Adrien Poirier, a fiddler and wheelwright, continued to build and sell "Democrat" buggies into the 1990s.


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Eldon and Diana Olstad at the St. Albert Rainmaker Rodeo

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Adrien Poirier and his Democrat buggy

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