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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.


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Stories of Mountain Folk Introduction                

Often the old mountain stories are overlooked. As Amy mentions in this introductory piece…stories entertain, teach, record history, and give us a sense of place.

Cannie from Wolf Mountain

From out of the Blue Ridge Mountains comes the story of Cannie from Wolf  Mountain.

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 Decoration Day in the Mountains

Decoration Day is a widespread folk tradition extending from the east of the Appalachians to west and southwest of the Ozarks.

Often the old mountain stories are overlooked. As Amy mentions in this introductory piece…stories entertain, teach, record history, and give us a sense of place. As cofounder of Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, producer of Stories of Mountain Folk, Amy shares some of the reasons the nonprofit endeavors to honor and preserve a sense of place in their “home place” of Western North Carolina.


From out of the Blue Ridge Mountains comes the story of Cannie from Wolf Mountain. A true slice of life from the backwoods of the early 1940s. Listen as Amy Ammons Garza, mountain storyteller, takes you back in time to a love story… (1) He Came Riding on a Horse, (2) Apple Blossom Time, (3) The Riddle Song, (4) Blue Snow, (5) Strong Comes After, (6) A Shoe Box on Tanassee Mountain, (7) Keep on Keeping on, (8) A Time to Weep-A Time to Keep


Decoration Day is a widespread folk tradition extending from the east of the Appalachians to west and southwest of the Ozarks. The interviewers of Stories of Mountain Folk set out to interview members of the Western North Carolina mountains about Decoration Day in an effort to forever capture and share our traditions of honoring the grave sites of our loved ones.  Herewith are stories from the mountain folk, including the Cherokee, about how we celebrate Decoration Day in the mountains.  People included in this podcast are:  Alan Jabbour & Karen Singer Jabbour, Judy Rhodes, Shelia K. Adams, Loretta Hoxit Womack, Pamela Consign Adams, Gail Stillwell Cooper, Linda Owen Vinson and Ruth Moore Pruitt.