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Cherokee Bark Baskets

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When Mark Green was nine years old, he needed to carry nuts and berries in something. That’s not an issue most of us encounter these days, but in Mark’s family,…

Space Cloth: The Final Frontier

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Ever stand atop an Appalachian mountain and feel like you could touch the stars? Well, in 1961, a group of Kentucky craftspeople came closer than just about any of us. Today’s…

Remembering Trula Bailey

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From the Athens, Tennessee home where one Trula Bailey experimented with Appalachian cooking to local restaurants like Mario’s Fishbowl—a West Virginia hotspot for competitive eating—Fred Sauceman has uncovered Appalachia’s foodways with an…

Nirvana: West Virginia Style

Photos provided by Aaron Blum.

Scan the rolling hilltops of West Virginia, and what would you expect to see—an old coal tipple, boulders, the crumbling remains of a settler’s cabin? How about a gilded palace with colorful…

Tour a Revived River

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West Virginia’s Coal River Watershed has seen its share of abuse. Mining and logging operations combined with the vices of development—open sewer lines and plain old litter—once choked long stretches of these…

A Poem: Bobby’s Suit Jacket

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This poem is for anyone who never had a pot to pee in; who shared a bedroom, shoes, maybe even a toothbrush because you couldn’t afford more than one. It’s for people…

A Salty Heritage

Photo provided by Lauren Stonestreet, Elle Effect Photography.

Dig deep beneath the Appalachian mountains, and you’ll never believe what you’ll find—the last, briny remnants of an ancient ocean. Our region was once underwater, covered by the Iapetus Ocean (grandpa to…

Meet Old Buck

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With a band name that sounds like it could be somebody’s kindly uncle, Old Buck eased its way onto the Appalachian music scene last August, and it felt like it…

Win A Signed Southern Cookbook

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To celebrate the upcoming Appalachian Food Summit, author Kendra Bailey Morris generously offered to give away a signed copy of her hit cookbook The Southern Slow Cooker. This gastronomic page-turner…

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