By William Lynwood Montell
Tucked among Appalachia and the Deep South, the higher Cumberland zone straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee line alongside the banks of the Cumberland River. the following, relationship from the times of the nation's earliest heritage, is certainly one of America's richest repositories of folklife. instead of revealing an artifact, even though, this finished examine of the higher Cumberland unearths a residing culture whose roots long ago proceed to nourish the present.Documented right here in descriptive textual content, pictures, and interviews are forms of folks cultural expression in tune, structure, crafts, colleges, non secular existence, folks scientific practices, and customs surrounding beginning, puberty, marriage, and loss of life. top Cumberland state explores the spectrum of folklore from the previous day and today--from pioneer existence and early people structure to young people "cruising" and girls deer hunters. In a sector jam-packed with relics, sleek voices from the higher Cumberland communicate at once of the dwelling traditions that supply the quarter its distinct personality. even though rooted in pioneer background, the folklife the following springs into the current with resonant meanings for modern instances.