ERIC Number: ED168783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Foxfire 3: Animal Care, Banjos and Dulcimers, Hide Tanning, Summer and Fall Wild Plant Foods, Butter Churns, Ginseng, and Still More Affairs of Plain Living.
Wigginton, Eliot, Ed.
A window into the customs, folklore, and cultural heritage of Appalachia is provided in this volume, the third in the series of "Foxfire" books. Compiled by high school students at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee school, it is based on personal interviews with long-time residents of Appalachian Georgia. In many cases the material is in the words of the resident. Both photographs and diagrams supplement the written material. A number of "how tos" are featured, including how to make banjos and dulcimers, butter churns, a smokehouse, cornshuck mops, dolls and hats, broomcorn brooms, drinking gourds, and gourd houses for purple martins. A recipe for moonshine whiskey is included in the reminiscences of an 82 year old moonshiner. Another chapter deals with harvesting ginseng and the uses for the precious root. A wide variety of summer and fall wild plant foods are discussed and recipes for preparing them are presented. Other chapters explore tanning hides, raising cattle, building a lumber kiln, caring for animals, and making apple butter and sorghum molasses. A few chapters focus on the people themselves and present a picture of past mountain ways. An introduction by Eliot Wigginton describes the growth, philosophy, and accomplishments of the Foxfire program, an experiential education project that takes students out of the classroom and into the community. A list in the appendix provides the names of the students and community contacts who produced this book as well as the names and addresses of other high school groups related to the Foxfire movement. (DS)
Descriptors: Community Study, Cultural Background, Cultural Influences, Economically Disadvantaged, English Education, Experiential Learning, Folk Culture, Food, Handicrafts, High School Students, Interviews, Journalism, Life Style, Living Standards, Older Adults, Outdoor Education, Photographs, Quality of Life, Rural Areas, Social Influences, Student Developed Materials, Values
Anchor Press/Doubleday, Garden City, New York 11530 ($5.95)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive; Books
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