• Seasonal Round of Activities on Coal River --                        Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    Seasonal Round of Activities on Coal River -- ...

    The seasonal round on Coal River, showing the continuing role of the mixed mesophytic forest in community life. Many of these activites rely on common pool resources located in the mountains. Adapted from the graphic by Suzuki Graphics, based on interviews and a field sketch by Mary Hufford.

    • Date: 1995
  • Seining for Hellgrammites on Coal River in West Virginia --                        Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    Seining for Hellgrammites on Coal River in West Virginia -- ...

    Hellgrammites, also known as "grampus," are the fierce and succulent larvae of the dobson fly. They first hatch in late spring and hide under rocks from would-be predators, such as red-eye, bass, wall-eye, and other game fish native to Coal River. The term grampus elsewhere refers to the whip-scorpion and the hellbender, fitting companions for a larva whose pincers draw blood. Fishermen in the ...

    • Date: 1999
  • Ramp Suppers, Biodiversity, and the Integrity of "The Mountains" --                        Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia
  • Landscapes and History at the headwaters of the Big Coal River --                        Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    Landscapes and History at the headwaters of the Big Coal Rive...

    From the air today, as one flies westward across West Virginia, the mountains appear to crest in long, undulating waves, giving way beyond the Allegheny Front to the deeply crenulated mass of the coal-bearing Allegheny plateaus. The sandstone ridges of Cherry Pond, Kayford, Guyandotte, and Coal River mountains where the headwaters of southern West Virginia's Big Coal River rise are the spectacular effect of ...

    • Date: 1995
  • Interactive Maps --                        Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia
  • Historical Maps of the Study Area --                        Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    Historical Maps of the Study Area -- T...

    The maps, below, illustrate different historical stages in the exploration and development of coalfields in the areas where the collection materials were gathered. The earliest period, which Appalachian historians (Dunaway, Rasmussen, Salstrom) term "the engrossment," took place during the Federalist Era, when wealthy politicians were awarded land grants of hundreds of thousands of acres apiece. This map, by George Washington, of the eight survey ...

    • Date: 1999
  • About this Collection --                        Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    About this Collection -- Tending the C...

    This collection presents 718 excerpts of sound recordings, 1,256 photographs, and 10 manuscripts from the American Folklife Center's Coal River Folklife Project Collection. The project documented traditional uses of the mountains in the Big Coal River Valley of southern West Virginia, and explored the cultural dimensions of ecological crisis from 1992 to 1999. There are extensive interviews with local residents on the seasonal harvesting ...

    • Date: 1996
  • American Ginseng and the Idea of the Commons --                        Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia
  • Stalking the Mother Forest: Voices Beneath the Canopy --                        Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia