Affrilachian Tales: Folktales from the African-American Appalachian Tradition by Lyn FordAffrilachian Tales: Folktales from the African-American Appalachian Tradition retold by Lyn Ford
Ford offers us a very specific take on folklore: that of African-Americans who also live in the Appalachian part of the USA. She calls them her “home-fried tales” because she heard them as a child. This micro-branch of folklore springs from an amalgamation of the Cherokee and Choctow, the American south, the African, the Appalachian peppered with the Lumbee, Irish, and English. She defines Affrilachia as a 13 states area of 410 counties which have passed down an oral tradition of stories, recipes, healing concepts, life-lessons, and moral teachings. The very well-indexed collection of folklore includes such sagas as an Aesopian-like collection of animal allegories such as the “Possum and Snake” and “Hyena and the Big Cheese” and “Frog and Rabbit.” The folklore about people include “The Suitors,” and “Sistah Sarah Mae” and the folklore about “spooks and haints” includes tales of creatures, little monsters, ghosts, big monsters, and those that remind us that real people are more dangerous than dead ones. It’s an earthy and addictive collection and Ford’s scholarship seems impeccable.
Chased By Sasquatch - Monsters and Mysteries in America
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For generations, myths and superstitions have been passed down through the oral traditions of native tribes and early settlers, gaining a foothold in our Appalachian culture. Some scholars believe that the danger and isolation of early mountain life gave birth to many of the legends that still exist today, banging around in our brains and compelling us to take an extra look over our shoulder should we find ourselves alone in a dusky forest or a creaky old cabin.
Local legends are explored as people recount their supposed encounters with mysterious creatures. Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now. Created with Sketch. Keep track of your favorite shows and movies, across all your devices. Sign up to get started Login About My Watchlist. Monsters and Mysteries in America 3 Seasons TV-PG Local legends are explored as people recount their supposed encounters with mysterious creatures. See Also.