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.

Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Contributors Eiler, Lyntha Scott
Williams, Ronnie J. "Joe
Dates 1995
Location Boone County
West Virginia
Whitesville
Language English
Subjects Commercial Gatherings
Ethnography
Fall
Ginseng (Panax Quinquefolia)
Harvesting of Fruits and Vegetables
Photographs
September
Tom's Hollow
Title
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
Genre
Ethnography
Photographs
Notes
-  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.
Medium
35 mm Color Slide
Call Number
AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C012-13
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afccmns.lec01213

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