Historically, hog butchering was accomplished in chilly climate so the meat wouldn’t spoil. That’s why the Eddie Mae Herrin Center in Pocahontas, Arkansas, holds its annual hog-butchering occasion in February, when this movie was made.
By the years, communities and households butchered hogs to get by means of the lengthy winter. The nippiness is sort of a distinction to the July warmth of Washington, D.C., when the Smithsonian welcomed the movie’s principal contributors, Pat Johnson and Josh Jansen to the Smithsonian Folklife Competition to current the custom and strategies of hog butchering to the general public. Their friendship reveals that communities are solely made stronger when folks discuss to each other and when everybody takes an element.