Encyclopedia of Appalachia

Encyclopedia of Appalachia – Craft Section Editor Kathleen Curtis Wilson

Published 2006, University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, Tennessee

Encyclopedia of Appalachia

Containing more than 2,000 entries in 30 sections, the Encyclopedia is designed for quick reference and access to the information you need to know. Teachers, students, scholars, historians, and browsers with a passing interest in this beautiful and richly distinct region will quickly come to rely on the Encyclopedia of Appalachia as the authoritative resource on Appalachia’s past and present.

Excerpt from the Craft Section:

“Inspired by necessity but long admired for originality, beauty, and spirituality, Appalachian handcrafts, like mountain music and religious practices, tap the wellsprings of the region’s culture and provide an unmatched perspective on its history. Though replicated, mass-produced, and commercialized through much of the twentieth century, original works continue to be fashioned by a far-flung community of artisans.”

From apple carving and art pottery to the weaving room at Crossnore School and woodcarving, the craft section covers a wide range of entries that inform the reader and encourage further study. Some are familiar places and artists, but other entries may be historically important but less well known. The Encyclopedia of Appalachia is a comprehensive reference book that sheds new light on the region and all its complexities.


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Available from UT Press