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Stories of Mountain Folk explore the nature and significance of oral history and storytelling to advance the understanding of the cultures of Western North Carolina. Featuring interviews, memories, discussions and stories from Caucasian, African-American, and Cherokee people living in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Interviewers actually go into the homes of the people to assure them a “safe” place to tell their stories. With a goal to save the heritage of the area and preserve its “sense of place,” Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a nonprofit organization, is now in its eighth year of producing the contents of this podcast. Awarded the Mountain Heritage Award (2013) through Western Carolina University, the program has now produced the largest oral history collection in Western North Carolina.

Stories of Mountain Folk Amy Ammons Garza

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    • 4.9, 16 Ratings

Stories of Mountain Folk explore the nature and significance of oral history and storytelling to advance the understanding of the cultures of Western North Carolina. Featuring interviews, memories, discussions and stories from Caucasian, African-American, and Cherokee people living in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Interviewers actually go into the homes of the people to assure them a “safe” place to tell their stories. With a goal to save the heritage of the area and preserve its “sense of place,” Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a nonprofit organization, is now in its eighth year of producing the contents of this podcast. Awarded the Mountain Heritage Award (2013) through Western Carolina University, the program has now produced the largest oral history collection in Western North Carolina.

    Aletha Watson Barker

    Aletha Watson Barker

    Aletha Watson Barker, 97 years young. Her grandfather was the original owner of Roper Mountain in upstate South Carolina. Born in 1921, Aletha tells her own story with the drama beginning at the age of five…a story full of bravery, love, faith, and dedication to family. Listen now to one woman’s walk through the garden of life.

    Aletha Watson Barker

    Aletha Watson Barker

    Aletha Watson Barker, 97 years young. Her grandfather was the original owner of Roper Mountain in upstate South Carolina. Born in 1921, Aletha tells her own story with the drama beginning at the age of five…a story full of bravery, love, faith, and dedication to family. Listen now to one woman’s walk through the garden of life.

    Aletha Watson Barker

    Aletha Watson Barker

    Aletha Watson Barker, 97 years young. Her grandfather was the original owner of Roper Mountain in upstate South Carolina. Born in 1921, Aletha tells her own story with the drama beginning at the age of five…a story full of bravery, love, faith, and dedication to family. Listen now to one woman’s walk through the garden of life.

    Aletha Watson Barker

    Aletha Watson Barker

    Aletha Watson Barker, 97 years young. Her grandfather was the original owner of Roper Mountain in upstate South Carolina. Born in 1921, Aletha tells her own story with the drama beginning at the age of five…a story full of bravery, love, faith, and dedication to family. Listen now to one woman’s walk through the garden of life.

    Aletha Watson Barker

    Aletha Watson Barker

    Aletha Watson Barker, 97 years young. Her grandfather was the original owner of Roper Mountain in upstate South Carolina. Born in 1921, Aletha tells her own story with the drama beginning at the age of five…a story full of bravery, love, faith, and dedication to family. Listen now to one woman’s walk through the garden of life.

    Nita Welsh Owenby

    Nita Welsh Owenby

    Listen to the soothing sounds of Nita’s voice as she shares precious memories of the life of a mountain girl who didn’t know her family was poor. A childhood with parents who taught core values gave Nita a solid foundation, assisting her as she finishes school and expands her horizons by working for the FBI, in banking, and in insurance and investments. In retirement she has become a prolific writer. Check out csabooks.com to learn more about her book

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Sc123459 ,

Important work!

Recording the lives and memories of our elders is such important work. Thank you!

kcrawfordsmith ,

This is beautiful

This is beautiful. Listening to Cannie Ammons story has truly touched my heart and soul and inspired me so much. I’ve been spreading the word about this podcast because it is so crucial for our generation to hear these stories. Sadly there’s a disconnect from where we’ve come from and we need to carry on their stories in our hearts as they can help shape us in our own lives today. This is what our generation needs to hear. Thank you so much.

Ashley from Maine ,

Thank you!!

I’ve been looking for a podcast for a long time. I couldn’t put my finger on what I was looking for but THIS is it. Hearing folks just talk and tell stories about their life is so peaceful and wonderful. It reminds me of my grandmother telling stories, which she didn’t tell many and in my youthful ignorance I regrettably didn’t ask enough or listen well enough. In a small way this podcast makes that right. I just feel at home when I listen. I’m not from Appalachia but I love hearing stories from that wonderful part of our great country which I have visited frequently. Many of the values are the same as my Grandma and Grandpa from Iowa. Thank you so much for doing the work to put this out there.

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