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Turkey Calls Get Their Due

Turkey calls are finally getting some recognition thanks to a special turkey call exhibit at the Southern Illinois University Museum in Carbondale, Ill., September 15 through November 16, 2003. Sixty handcrafted calls by some of the best call makers across the country will be on public display at the museum as works of both function and art.

The exhibit, "Talkin' Turkey," was the idea of museum curator Lori Huffman, who developed a personal interest in the craft as her husband, Charlie Trotter, is one of the master practitioners of the art.

"I've developed a deep appreciation for the craft by watching my husband at work, and through attending the call-making competitions at the National Wild Turkey Federation's convention and sports shows for several years now," said Huffman. "You really start to see the calls as true works of art that require incredible skill and reflect an important folk art that has existed for generations and can be traced back thousands of years to Native American hunters."

Call makers and collectors, including Rob Keck, CEO of the NWTF, will be displaying their best for the crowds expected to pass through the exhibit hall doors. A special public reception will take place Saturday, September 27, from 6 to 9 p.m.

"I have always thought that turkey calls were an undiscovered art form overlooked by museums and many folk art collectors," said Keck. "These calls require dozens or even hundreds of hours to craft, and blend form and function into something uniquely North American. They are a beautiful representation of the hunting heritage that we all share."

For more information on the "Talkin' Turkey" exhibit call Lori Huffman at (618) 453-5388. To learn more about turkeys and turkey calls, click here.



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