ERIC Number: ED168784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
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Foxfire 4: Fiddle Making, Springhouses, Horse Trading, Sassafras Tea, Berry Buckets, Gardening, and Further Affairs of Plain Living.
Wigginton, Eliot, Ed.
Planting by the signs of the moon, well digging, hewing logs, wood carving, knife making, bird trapping, and horsetrading are but a few of the aspects of Appalachian culture explored in "Foxfire 4." Like its predecessors, the volume was compiled by high school students at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. Information on the cultural heritage of Appalachian Georgia was gathered with photographs and tape recorded interviews of long-time area residents. Much of the narrative is in the words of the natives themselves and folk humor and wisdom and the flavor of past years are captured in their reminiscences. Subjects discussed include directions for making berry buckets, cheese, sassafras tea, corn shuck chair bottoms, coffins, a still furnace, a dishrag from a gourd, and pine resin tar. A chapter on logging describes old time logging methods, training oxen, sawmills, logging camps, and modern logging. An introduction by Eliot Wigginton, the English teacher who initiated this cultural journalism program, tells of the progress of the Foxfire movement. An afterword by Richard M. Dorson provides references for other sources of folklore and folklife. Included in the appendix are a listing of the students and community contacts who produced this book as well as a list of periodicals and resource material about the Appalachian region. (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, 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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