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Folklife of the Kentucky River

Repository: Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Description (CRHP): Jane Burnam of Clark County, Kentucky, addresses civil rights. Topics include gospel music, the black community in Winchester, playing the piano and organ, music in her family, hymns, singing in church, teaching, music programs, black history, segregation, school integration, civil rights, and Pointerville.

Collection Description (Extant): Residents of the Kentucky River Valley were interviewed to document the traditional culture of ethnic, regional, occupational, and family groups. Interviewees from farm communities, fishing settlements, and urban neighborhoods represent the counties of Anderson, Breathitt, Carroll, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Henry, Jessamine, Lee, Madison, Mercer, Owen, Owsley, Perry, Powell, and Woodford. Both active and inactive traditional culture is documented. Topics include architecture (shotgun houses, log cabins, shantyboats, and barns); food ways (cooking, food preservation and canning, and neighborhood restaurants); speech and language (mountain speech, Western Kentucky dialects, and place and object names); crafts (blacksmithing, basket making, boat building, and net making); music and recreation (bluegrass music, blues, old-time fiddling, a cappella gospel singing, ballads, and dancing); rites and festivals (river baptisms, graveyard cleans, fish fries, and all-day sings); folk literature (storytelling, proverbs, riddles, and jokes); folk medicine (herbs, faith healers and healing, treatments, and homemade medicines); folklore (planting, fishing, weather, and mining lore); occupations (coal mining and commercial fishing); and everyday activities of riverboat men and women.

Access Copy Note: Copies of this collection are also at Berea College.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1989-1990

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: 1990OH01

Extent: 156 audio cassette tapes

Language: English

Interviewees: Jane Burnam

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African Americans--Kentucky
Civil rights movements--Kentucky
Kentucky River Region (Ky.)
School integration--Kentucky


Sound recordings


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