Josiah Daniel, January 21, 2007 (view all comments by Josiah Daniel)
Eliot Wigginton, a high school teacher at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, originated the Foxfire program in the mid-sixties, taking interviews with old-timers in order to foster the preservation of the folk culture of the southern Appalachians and, particularly, knowledge and skills in matters such as food preparation, making musical instruments, log cabin construction, folk arts, and a wide variety of folk customs.
Published in 1972, Foxfire is the first of a series of books anthologizing articles from Wigginton's magazine of the same name. It is an excellent entree into old-time folkways, as well as a good read.
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