Audio Recording "The mountains is counted for craft."

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"The mountains is counted for craft."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)
Created / Published
Ennice, North Carolina
Subject Headings
-  income
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  United States -- North Carolina -- Ennice
-  Mrs. Todd started making quilts for her family to use when she was 25. She teaches quiltmaking and makes quilts to sell through a local shop to supplement her income. Geraldine Johnson described her as "a bubbly, enthusiastic person who would be a natural à interpreter of Blue Ridge quilts." This interview includes good information on the economics and practice of making quilts to sell, criteria for selection of materials to use in quilts, and how quiltmaking has changed over time.
-  Transcription: ZT: I think the Trading Post is a real, and I feel like that it has give a lot of people, especially older people or people that don't have too much income, or that's got age or that maybe sickness in their home and can't work away from home it's give them something to look forward to. And they have some real good woodcarving up there. / ZT: I don't know just how they started that up there. Well, you know the mountains is counted for craft. You know that. People has, I guess the, you would put it like this. They have grown up to do things with their hands, and I guess that's where it's kindly developed from, you know. And then after you get a thing like that started up, anybody can do anything at all, they want to, they're proud of it, they want to get it out where it can be seen. You know. / ZT: Mrs. Berry got onto me about it. I hadn't ever done that before, but for the last, I'll say, four or five years, I have been a, my quilts, you know, when I make them, I embroider my name and the date when it was made and everything, and put it in one corner of the quilt, right on the back side. And she, after I went to doing that, she says well I've been a-wanting you to do that and couldn't never think to tell you, says I'm glad you thought of that. I says, you know I've thought of that for a long time, but I didn't know whether to do it or not. You know, some of 'em don't want you to identify yourself. So that's the reason I hadn't done it. And I always like, if I make a quilt or a wall hanging, or anything that I make like that, I write on the back side, I'll just embroider my name, and the date when it was made.
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Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R101
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
American Folklife Center
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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "The mountains is counted for craft.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed July 21, 2017.)

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