It Still Lives
Summary: A journey through Southern Appalachian heritage, one story at a time. We bring you songs, stories, and more from the Foxfire archive, full of over 50 years of oral history interviews conducted by high school students for the Foxfire Magazine and book series. Join us every month as we explore different aspects of mountain culture, as told by Appalachians.
In 1981, the Foxfire students dedicated an entire issue of the Foxfire magazine to the topic of fishing, from types of fish in the mountains to equipment and, of course, big fish tales. This month, we are pulling just a few excerpts from this robust issue to share with you! Interviews featured include Buck Carver, Minyard Conner, Melvin Taylor, Willie Underwood, and Florence Brooks.
We sat down with traveling artist and Appalachian-native Rosalie Haizlett to talk about her upcoming project Tiny Worlds of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn about how Rosalie explores nature to discover the miniature miracles of our mountains!
Several months back, Foxfire staff members met with Dr. Trey Adcock (Cherokee Nation) and Gilliam Jackson (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) to learn about their work in the Snowbird Community, near Robbinsville, North Carolina.
We are carrying on the conversation around craft and community this month, as we sit down with quilter Zak Foster at the Foxfire Museum.
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 about her experiences in Appalachia and creating a space in our community that honors the culture here.
While we work on bringing you more great content in season 4, we are taking a look back at this fun episode from season 2 that's all about movies filmed in Rabun County, Georgia!
We are pulling more excerpts from A Foxfire Christmas, and taking a look at handmade decorations, holiday foods, and other special traditions here in the mountains. Take a listen to Huell & Margaret Bramlett, L.B. & Ruth Gibbs, Janie P. Taylor, Clyde English, and Icie Rickman.
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)
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 debut novel, Even As We Breathe, which explores the American culture during World War II from an indigenous perspective.
September in the North Georgia mountains means it is finally apple season! Listen along as we explore an old method of preserving apples: bleaching apples. This unique process preserve fruit by drying it over coals with sulfur. We hear from Lucy York, Edith Parker, and Ada Kelly.
Join us on this episode as we follow Sarah and Rowan’s journey through learning about herbalism, foraging, and natural medicine.
In this episode, we explore Celton and Jayton’s SEED Project regarding the traditional methods of boat construction and the modern methods through which they have updated the historic craft.
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.