THE MOUNTAIN TRADITIONS PROJECT
Appalachia, a region deeply synonymous with tradition, is changing faster than any time in recent history and perhaps faster than anywhere else in America. The internet, the global economy, and the widening of roads have all co-conspired to bring attention and change to a region that robustly resisted it for generations. The Mountain Traditions Project tells the stories of 50 individuals who are carrying forward Appalachian traditions in our rapidly changing world, challenging long-held notions of cultural rigidity in Appalachia, and exploring the heritage of the region as a rich, diverse tapestry of traditions that is inclusive of a plurality of voices, identities, and perspectives.
Published in the Bitter Southerner.