Photos, Prints, Drawings A pickup truck loaded with Nine Bark on Bolt Mountain

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A pickup truck loaded with Nine Bark on Bolt Mountain
Contributor Names
Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
Created / Published
April 13, 1996
Subject Headings
-  Commercial gatherings
-  Harvesting of fruits and vegetables
-  April
-  Spring
-  Bolt Mountain (W. Va.)
-  Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
-  Photographs
-  Ethnography
-  West Virginia -- Raleigh County -- Drews Creek
-  West Virginia -- Coal River
-  West Virginia -- Bolt Mountain
-  "Archeological surveys on file at the Division of Environmental Protection make note of the "bedrock overhangs," sandstone outcroppings found throughout the central Appalachian Plateaus. Referred to locally as "camp rocks," these structures have for thousands of years provided shelter for people on hunting and gathering expeditions in the mountains. Not only are the areas surrounding camp rocks rich in aboriginal artifacts, but camp rocks themselves are landmarks well-known in the Coal River Valley, and serve as touchstones to historical memories. "Every big rock is named," said Pat Canterbury. In 1996, on the day after the Drews Creek ramp supper, Rocky Turner took Lyntha Eiler and I on a tour of some of the camp rocks in the area.
-  Event: Tour of rock shelters and camp rocks on Bolt Mountain.
-  On Bolt Mountain we met a woman gathering nine bark (Physocarpus opulifolius). People who harvest wild botanicals from the woods can sell their wares to local brokers who annually market hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of wild herbs (leaves, bark, and roots) from the mountains, including bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictoides), ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius), wild ginger (Asarum canadense), virginia snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum?), indian turnip (Arisaema triphyllum), sassafrass (Sassafras albidum), sumac (Rhus vernix?) , witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), and wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)."
35 mm Color Slide
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C082-17
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
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