Photos, Prints, Drawings Joe Williams digging a ginseng root with his "seng" hoe. The root must be dug carefully so that the complete root is in tact when lifted from the ground.
Photos, Prints, Drawings
Eiler, Lyntha Scott
Williams, Ronnie J. "Joe
Ginseng (Panax Quinquefolia)
Harvesting of Fruits and Vegetables
- Joe Williams digging a ginseng root with his "seng" hoe. The root must be dug carefully so that the complete root is in tact when lifted from the ground.
- Contributor Names
- Williams, Ronnie J. "Joe" (Depicted)
- Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
- Created / Published
- September 27, 1995
- Subject Headings
- - Fall
- - September
- - Commercial gatherings
- - Ginseng (Panax quinquefolia)
- - Harvesting of fruits and vegetables
- - Tom's Hollow
- - Ethnography
- - Photographs
- - West Virginia -- Boone County -- Whitesville
- - Event: Ginseng Hunting.
- - Ginseng is protected under the Fish and Wildlife Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). According to the law, state ginseng programs set seasons for ginseng digging, penalties for violations, and advise diggers on propagation techniques. Wild ginseng requires rich soil in deep shade, and has not been addressed in reclamation planning. On Coal River, where "seng hoes" are standard household equipment, such techniques as replanting the "kernel" and dispersing the seeds have long been practiced by seng hunters. During ginseng season, one often sees ginseng hanging in windows, drying in the back windows of automobiles, or arranged around heat sources in homes.
- 35 mm Color Slide
- Call Number
- AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C012-13
- Source Collection
- Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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