the Appalachian Region
is a cultural region in the eastern USA that covers the southern part of New York
state to northern Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia. The Appalachian Mountains
go from Belle Isle in Canada to Cheaha Mountain in Alabama.
states include Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and
The six geographic areas of Appalachia are:
Blue Ridge Mountains
Appalachian folklore is a mixture of European, Native American (especially
Cherokee), and Biblical ideas. Folk tales from Appalachia are descended from English,
Scottish, and Irish fairy tales, as well as regional heroes and events.
tales about the adventures of a simple-but-dedicated person are popular at story-telling
festivals. Other stories include wild animals and hunting tales.
Cherokee and Pioneers
Indians taught early European pioneers how to grow crops such as corn and squash.
They also taught them how to find edible plants (such as ramps). The Cherokee
showed them the medicinal qualities of native herbs and roots, and how to prepare
Up until the 1930s and 1940s, Appalchian farmers followed the
Biblical tradition of planting by the phases of the moon (the signs).