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Writing AppalachiaAn Anthology$
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Katherine Ledford and Theresa Lloyd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178790

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178790.001.0001

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A Constellation of Folk Narratives

A Constellation of Folk Narratives

(p.197) A Constellation of Folk Narratives
Writing Appalachia
Katherine Ledford, Theresa Lloyd
University Press of Kentucky

Appalachia boasts a rich assortment of myths, folktales, legends, and vernacular sacred narratives, all of which are represented in this anthology.

Myths are a culture’s sacred texts; every culture has them, be they oral or written. The sacred texts of Appalachia’s Euro-American settlers have long been inscribed in the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. Lacking writing until contact with whites, Native Americans conveyed their sacred teachings orally. When the Cherokee devised a written language, they began to inscribe their sacred texts in writing. The first section of this anthology opens with Cherokee texts collected orally from members of the Eastern Band....

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