This Sunday on the Mississippi Arts Hour, Melody speaks with artist, canoe builder, and river guide, John Ruskey. Owner of Quapaw Canoe Company and former curator of the Delta Blues Museum, John is one of the most knowledgable guides on the lower Mississippi River. On the show, Melody and John talk about his passion for nature and passing down traditions including the process for making dug-out canoes and his work with young apprentices. Listen in on MPB Think Radio, Sunday at 5pm.
Pictured: Mississippi River Guides John Ruskey (L) and Mark River (R) during a dugout canoe project in Clarksdale, MS. This project was made possible through support from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, and the Lower Mississippi River Foundation.