In this episode of the Project Narrative Podcast, Amy Shuman and Mary Hufford discuss an oral narrative Hufford collected at the Headwaters of Southern West Virginia’s Big Coal River Valley. Mary Hufford is Associate Director of the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network. After twenty years as a folklife specialist at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, she was on the graduate faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where she directed the Center for Folklore and Ethnography. She has been a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley and the Ohio State University and an Adjunct Professor at Goucher College. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and the author or editor of dozens of articles, monographs, and books, including: “Waging Democracy in the Kingdom of Coal: OVEC and the Struggle for Social and Environmental Justice in Central Appalachia,” Conserving Culture: A New Discourse on Heritage, Chaseworld: Foxhunting and Storytelling in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, and The Grand Generation: Memory, Mastery, Legacy.
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