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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Keeping the Language Alive

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A few weeks back I was asked to talk to students and parents at a local school about being a blogger. There were several speakers and the participants were divided into groups. Each group spent about 15 minutes with a speaker before moving on to the next.

I talked about blogging in general. I read Charles Fletcher’s story “Old Jim the Pet Crow” and I talked about Appalachian Language. I believe they enjoyed the Appalachian words I tested them with more than anything else, even though not many of them recognized the words.

My star pupil was a lady about my age who grew up in Brasstown. She knew most of the words. Coming in second was my sister-n-law’s nephew who is in 8th grade. He didn’t necessarily know all the words, but I could see a flash of recognition go across his face for most of them. I hope my presentation will make him, and the others, pay closer attention to the colorful Appalachian language they hear and take pride in knowing it’s part of their heritage.

Tipper

Appalachian Cooking Class details

Come cook with me!

MOUNTAIN FLAVORS – TRADITIONAL APPALACHIAN COOKING
Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley

Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.

Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.

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6 Comments

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    Wanda Devers
    March 28, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    I miss the old timey language. Mama was a treasure trove of it and I often wish I had jotted them down.

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    March 28, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    I miss hearing our Appalachian speech like I did in my childhood. My parents and grandparents conversation was filled with similes such as “hot as a firecracker” and “cold as a wedge.” Who now-a-days even knows what a ‘wedge’ is? Thanks, Tipper for all you do to keep it alive. In my own way, I try to do the same.

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    Gigi
    March 28, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I think it’s great we pass it down to our kids so they can , and so on. It should always be kept alive. Thanks Tipper and God Bless!

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    Shirl
    March 28, 2019 at 9:04 am

    I’m doing my part to keep the language alive. Each time I think of a word I haven’t heard in some time, I write it down. My cousin does the same thing. We call each other and use examples that include the words and have a few laughs as we go down memory lane. I anxiously await your Appalachian vocabulary test each month so that I can test her the same day you post it.

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    Gayle Larson
    March 28, 2019 at 8:01 am

    So nice to know our youth are being taught there is a lot of good things on the internet. Hope they check out your blog and learn about their heritage. So much social media today is junk and hurtful.

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    Ron Stephens
    March 28, 2019 at 7:58 am

    “Not many of them recognised the words.” I guess TV and school accounts for that. Which has me wondering if those colleges that have an “Appalachian Studies” program include language as part of it.

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