Ozarks Archive

Little Rock to Fayetteville: An Open Conversation About Collective Liberation with Omni Center

Members of the recently formed group Little Rock Collective Liberation will be visiting the Omni Center for Peace Justice and Ecology this coming Sunday to have a roundtable conversation about the larger concepts of collective liberation and the importance of building locally-based movements that work across wedge issues. Anyone interested in anti-racist work and building
Category: Arkansas

Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology

In April of this year the University of Arkansas press released the book Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology. A collection of writings by Ozark authors both past and present, this compilation features a mixture of both fiction and non fiction pieces and pays homage to the 1981 publication, Ozark, Ozark: A Hillside Reader. Compiled by
Category: Animals

“Single Pens, Saddlebags, and Dogtrots:” Log Building Exhibit from the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History located in Springdale, Arkansas regularly offers in-house exhibits on Ozark life. They are known for their extensive photo collection and regularly create online exhibits as well, such as the recent exhibit on Ozark log construction entitled, “Single Pens, Saddlebags, and Dogtrots.” Log cabins have become a backwoods stereotype. But
Category: Arkansas

Friday Video: Wild Horses of the Ozarks

Filmmaker David Abberton of Missouri is working on a film about bands of free-roaming horses that make their homes about halfway between Little Rock and St. Louis. Wild Horses of the Ozarks will feature footage of these horses in the wild combined with research and “oral histories of the Ozarkers along the Current and Jack’s Fork
Category: Animals

Birta and Highway 10

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier. It also runs each week on the Boiled Down Juice.  Heading down Highway 10 through the small
Category: Arkansas

Ozarks Quartz Silica Mines and Fracking in Izard County, Arkansas

Yesterday Ozarks at Large aired a recent piece by Jacqueline Froelich exploring strip mining in the north central Ozarks and its connection to fracking and the natural gas industry in Arkansas. Also known as “fracked sand,” this form of mining isn’t for coal but rather the thick deposits of quartz sand, critical to unconventional natural gas
Category: Arkansas

Monday Music: Jim and Kim Lansford

Late last week we heard from our friend’s Mike and Rachel Luster that musician Jim Lansford passed away at his home in Missourri. He was an amazing fiddler, banjo player, and flat picker. His harmonies with wife Kim Lansford were so tightly woven and beautiful. Thanks to Mike and Rachel, we first had the opportunity
Category: Monday Music

Poverty in Arkansas: Series on Ozarks at Large

Last week we posted about Ozarks at Large’s series on poverty in Arkansas.  The series recently aired and below are links to each of the pieces. As we mentioned in the previous post, Arkansas’s (and the larger south’s) poverty problem—both current and historic—forms part of the undercurrent for much of the things we discuss on this blog. Too
Category: Uncategorized

Series on Poverty to Air on Ozarks at Large

Arkansas is a financially poor state, and always has been. Whether we’re talking about sustainable economies or cultural concepts, this fact forms the undercurrent of much of what we post here at the Boiled Down Juice. Since the 1960s Arkansas has ranked among the poorest states in the country (for example, see our recent posts
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The Seed and the Story: Controversy and the Forest (A Review of For the Trees Part 2)

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring oral history, community life, traditions, sustainability in the Yell County area.  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 find on
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