Tag Archives: appalachian culture

The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife

This tale of the shrewish wife who terrifies even the demons is ancient and widespread. The Hindus have it in a sixth century fable collection, the Panchatantra. It seems to have travelled westward by Persia, and to have spread to almost every European country. In early versions, the farmer makes a pact with the Devil […]


Alabama’s gourd martin house tradition

This past weekend Cullman, AL hosted the Alabama Gourd Society’s 17th Annual Alabama Gourd Show. This year’s crop of art gourds builds on a grand old Native American tradition of combining beauty with functionality. Alabama gourd artists today often draw inspiration both from Cherokee design sensibilities (classic food vessels of that tribe come to mind), as […]


Eerie Night In A Haunted House

Reprinted from Kingsport Times News January 23, 1966 by James M. Evans, United Press International   HILTONS, VA – It’s likely that most folks at one time or another have wondered what it would be like to spend the night in a haunted house. It’s also likely that a good number of them have taken […]


Away back in the early days they had disagreed

“This valley is perhaps 3 miles long and a mile wide and is one of the prettiest and most tranquil in all Ohio. It was settled by men and women of a rather serious turn of mind and given largely to moral and religious work. In all the settlement there never were more than 2 […]


Reviving the ancient art of tatting

If you’re anywhere near Knoxville, TN this weekend, head on over to the Museum of Appalachia for the Tennessee Fall Homecoming. Crafts and demonstrations include weaving, pottery making, grist milling, wood crafting, basket weaving, broom making, quilting, and tatting. Tatting? Tatting is the centuries-old art of making fine lace. The lace form consists of circles […]

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