Bubba & Big Pappa

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Big Papa is a puppet that was used by SAF’s theater group from 2003-2004 to represent the negative aspects of corporate agriculture. The puppet was created by NC sculpture artist Daniel L. Mathewson (1964-2011) for the play “Gigantes en los Campos/Giants in the Fields” written by NC writer Cara Page. The Big Papa character had few lines, but loomed ominously over scenes in the play as a method of intimidation and mockery of the farmworker characters. The play critiqued the H2A Guestworker Program which brings thousands of farmworkers to labor in the fields of North Carolina picking tobacco, cucumbers and other crops.