Ozarks Archive

The Seed and the Story: Photography and the Creation of the Ozark St-Francis National Forests

In 1981 the United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service published a book by Sharon M.W. Bass’s entitled, For the Trees: An Illustrated History of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests 1908-1978.  Tracing the development of the forest from its early beginnings in 1908 as only the second National Forest and the first
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For the Living: Photography, Stories, and Cemeteries.

I recently sat down with brilliant northwest Arkansas photographers Don House and Sabine Schmidt to discuss cemeteries, various ways the living decorate spaces for deceased, and the role of the photographer, historian, and folklorist in documenting and sharing these images. Both Sabine and Don explore cemeteries with their lens, capturing both the modern aesthetics of
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The Seed and the Story: Ghost of the Ozarks by Brooks Blevins

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column published in the Post Dispatch, and syndicated in the Courier, exploring folklife, sustainability, oral history, storytelling, human rights,and community in Yell County (and surrounding areas), Arkansas. We focus on the local but the concepts are (hopefully) universal.  Please remember to support your local paper and independent media!  The Seed
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When Dignity Isn’t Dignity: Organizing Against Hunger in Arkansas

The Boiled Down Juice explores concepts of living community traditions, community action and organizing, and creative living, among many other things. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for reading!  Arkansas ranks third in the nation for instances of food insecurity.  With a total of 18% of Arkansans living below the poverty line and receiving inadequate access to
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The Seed and the Story: Bringing Nature Home, Part 2: Butterfly Gardening

For the past three weeks this column has focused on the role native plants play in our homes, backyards, and communities, cleaning up toxins and supporting biodiversity. To read the previous two columns go here and here. This week’s column is an extension of last week’s discussion of the excellent book, Bringing Nature Home: How You
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Ozark Plant Master Billy Joe Tatum has Passed Away

We’ve learned from the Arkansas Folklife Program that Ozark plant scholar Billy Joe Tatum passed away earlier this week.  You may recall earlier this week we posted about a workshop on wild foods led by the organization, Elevate Arkansas.  Tatum’s wonderful work on wild plants was mentioned as one of the group leader’s favorite resources.
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The Seed and the Story: Learning From Students and Folkstreams films

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, sustainability, oral history, human rights,and community in Yell County, Arkansas.   The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier.  Please remember to support your local paper and independent media!  The Seed and the Story column is just of many features you can
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Friday Video: Almeda Riddle: Now Let’s Talk About Singing.

This past week I had my students watch a few films from the wonderful resource, Folkstreams, an internet site hosting hundreds of folklife films.  One of the films we watched was Almeda Riddle: Now Let’s Talk About Singing.  The film was produced by George West in 1985. It had been a few years since I’d
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The Seed and the Story for February 8, 2012: Origins of the Chickalah Name.

The Seed and the Story is a bi-weekly column exploring folklife, sustainability, oral history, human rights,and community in Yell County, Arkansas.   The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier.  Please remember to support your local paper and independent media! You can follow the Boiled Down Juice on Facebook and Twitter.  If you enjoy our posts,
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Clunk is Booking Shows Again!

If you’ve lived in Arkansas and were/are into the independent music scene, you’ve probably seen shows at Clunk Music Hall or bought records at Clunk Records in Fayetteville. Great news! Clunk (Chris Selby) has started booking shows again, and here’s a great interview with him about the past and future. To hear his interview with
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