Ozarks Archive

The Seed and the Story for November 2, 2011: Rest in Peace Exhibit on Death and Dying in the Ozarks

The Seed and the Story column is published every other week in the Post Dispatch and syndicated in the Courier.  Please remember to support your local paper!       Rituals to honor the dead are a fundamental part of the human experience.  Here in the Yell County and River Valley, funerals, visitations, and Decoration
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Nikki Giovanni to Speak This Evening in Fayetteville.

I just came across the news that  Nikki Giovanni —poet, activist, and educator—will be speaking this evening at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville at 7:00 PM.  The lecture will be held in the Arkansas Union Ball Room.   For more information contact Steve Voorhies at 479-575-3583 or email him at  voorhies@uark.edu This is a
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Community Garden Maps and the Fayetteville Community Garden Coallition

Fayetville, Arkansas located in the Ozark Mountains and home to the University of Arkansas, has one of the most amazing farmers market in all the world, a thriving local business community, and artists galore.   It’s also home to the Fayetteville Community Garden Alliance who’s mission is to ” facilitate the development and growth of sustainable
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Saving Our Rural Arkansas Post Offices Toolkit from the Rural Community Alliance

Recently we posted about the history and significance of the Dardanelle, Arkansas Post Office and mural, and our thankfulness that it is still open and in use.  But as you’ve probably heard, many rural post offices in Arkansas (Arkansas has the highest rate of proposed closures in the nation) and around the nation are facing closure, something
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34th Annual Ozark Quilt Fair this Saturday

This weekend the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale is hosting the 24th Annual Quilt Fair.  There will be new and antique quilts on display and for sale, as well as awards presented for Viewer’s Choice awards for both new and antique quilts.  While you’re there you can also check out all the exhibits
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Something You Should See: The Natural State of America

Last week at the annual conference of the Arkansas Anthropological and Sociology Association, Dr. Bryan C. Campbell, professor of visual anthropology at the University of Central Arkansas, played a short clip from his upcoming documentary about the Newton County Wildlife Association and their ongoing fight to keep their forests free of toxic herbicides. The tiny
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Visiting with Gardeners Part 1: Sisters Jennifer and Sage

I’ve been spending some time lately visiting with gardeners, asking about not only what they grow but how and why they grow. This is part of a larger research project with Utah folklorist Nelda Ault. We will be presenting our research at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in October. A few weeks
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