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We are continuing are exploration of weaving in the southern mountains with this look back at what the craft looked like during the first half of the twentieth century. In the 1970s and early 1980s, Foxfire students sat down with Marinda Brown, Edith Darnell, Lula Norton, and Lyndall Toothman to talk about their memories of the craft.…
 
Host Kami Ahrens and Foxfire weaver Sharon Grist take a field trip to the John C. Campbell Folk School to meet with Allie Dudley, the school's new resident artist and a flourishing young historic weaver. Listen in as Sharon, Kami, and Allie talking weaving patterns, the future of craft, and it's role in communities.…
 
We are kicking off Season 4 of It Still Lives with an interview from with art lover, gardener, and author Mignon Durham to talk about her passion project Devotion and how it helped her cope with the uncertainty we faced during 2020. Listen as Foxfire curator Kami Ahrens and Blue Ridge Public Radio regional reporter Lilly Knoepp talk with Mignon abo…
 
As we approach the end of fall, we're looking at ways to preserve the year's harvest for the winter. We sit down with stories from Andy & Bashey Webb, Granny Gibson*, Mrs. Algie Norton, Jean Eller*, Bessie Underwood, Harriet Echols, and John Freemon. (*Omitted by accident from list on podcast)By Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center
 
Back in April, host Kami Ahrens was joined by Blue Ridge Public Radio reporter Lilly Knoepp on an interview with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian's first published author, Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle. Born and raised on the Qualla Boundary, Annette shares stories from her childhood at the foot of the Smokies. In fall 2020, Annette released her d…
 
Join guest host Madi as she talks to two students who are going back to the roots of Foxfire - way back in 1966! From a class of uninterested high school students to a community organization that Rabun County families have passed down from generation to generation, Foxfire is in its fifty-fifth year of preserving Appalachian culture and history.…
 
For the next few weeks, we'll be introducing a mini series documenting our high school leadership students' summer SEED projects. The SEED projects — Students Experiencing Education Differently — allow the Fellows to choose topics in which they are interested as their focuses as they create additions to the museum, interview experts, and summarize …
 
We're taking a break from the archives this month to sit down with our friends over at the Mainspring Conservation Trust, a nonprofit based in Western North Carolina that works to conserve the water, forests, farms and heritage of the Little Tennessee and Hiwassee river basins. Learn more at https://www.mainspringconserves.org/…
 
In honor of women's history month, we are listening to three interviews conducted in 1975, the "International Women's Year." Foxfire students sat down with women from three generations, all raised in the mountains. Join us as we learn Addie Norton, Lassie Bradshaw, and Emma Chastain's ideas of what it means to be an Appalachian woman!…
 
As students every where prepare for drastic changes to their schooling, we thought we'd take a look back at school in the early 1900s. This month, we feature interviews from Richard Norton, Stella Burrell, Lola Cannon, Billy Long, and Arie Meaders. All attended what were called "country schools"--small, one-room schoolhouses that were scattered thr…
 
Our small corner of Northeast Georgia has surprisingly been the filming site of several movies, as far back as the 1950s. In this month's episode, we feature oral histories from local folks who have dealt with the movie industry -- from loading train cars in "The Great Locomotive Chase" to restoring appliances for "Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of th…
 
In Appalachia, shape-note singing dominated musical and religious groups. Shape-note music, also referred to as sacred heart music, uses different shapes, like squares, triangles, and diamonds, to represent notes instead of traditional music notes. Join host Kami Ahrens and guest Barry Stiles in a discussion of shape-note music, and listen to origi…
 
This month's update on the coronavirus focuses on the threat it presents to indigenous communities. We "sat down"--virtually, of course--with Dakota Brown, program director at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Dakota shared the Eastern Band's quick response to the virus, and how it has impacted life and business…
 
This bonus episode features just a few short excerpts from submissions to our COVID-19 Crowd-sourced Oral History Project, many from high school and college students through Appalachia. As public historians and folklorists, we have a responsibility (and interest!) to capture history as it happens around us, and to engage the community in that pursu…
 
In this episode, we're taking a look at how moonshine is made, and the experiences of both moonshiners and lawmen in Appalachia. Join hosts Kami Ahrens and TJ Smith, along with special guest Barry Stiles, as we talk all things moonshine and listen to excerpts from Conway Watkins, Lamon Queen, Leona Carver, and Simmie Free. Learn more about moonshin…
 
As we approach the long-awaited release of Foxfire's newest book, Foxfire Story, we decided to bring you a small sample of the folktales you'll encounter in this volume. Foxfire Story is filled with tales and legends collected throughout the 50+ years of Foxfire's history. Listen in and hear from storytellers May Justice, Pat Cotter, Lyndall Toothm…
 
In response to "social distancing," we are putting together some special bonus episodes of our podcast, "It Still Lives." The first of these is a Foxfire playlist—we've compiled several original recordings of mountain music for your listening pleasure. Check out Season 1, Episode 2 for more information on music in Appalachia or grab a copy of Foxfi…
 
The holiday season is upon us! During the month of December, hosts Kami Ahrens and TJ Smith introduce you to a unique Appalachian Christmas tradition: serenading. On Christmas Eve, groups of teenagers and adults would sneak up to homes and make a racket - sometimes even using firearms! Listen to accounts from Lawton Brooks, Ernest Watts, Burma Patt…
 
This week we are releasing part 2 of our folk medicine episode. Part 2 features interviews from Flora Youngblood, Ronda Reno, Kenny Runion, and Patricia Kyritsi Howell. Hosts Kami Ahrens and TJ Smith delved deeper into folk medicine and the rich traditions of Southern Appalachia by focusing on plant uses and how medicine has changed over time.…
 
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