Although it has gained popularity in recent years, foraging for native foods has always been central to the lives of those living in the mountains, and cities, too. Appalachian settlers learned the practice from Native Americans. Even after folks moved to the city, they still used foraging skills to seek out native food sources around the Cincinnati area. This blog post comes just in time for pawpaws and wild mushrooms season. Happy foraging
Plus, enjoy a lovely open from MoPoetry about what it was like for her growing up in Appalachia. Inspiration for this poem can be heard in an interview Pauletta Hansel conducted with MoPoetry and her mother. Find the interview link below as well.
A Poem from MoPoetry Phillips
MoPoetry and her mother were recently interviewed by Core Member Pauletta Hansel for the Story Gathering Project. Below is a poem written by MoPoetry that includes sentiments also expressed in her interview.
"Somewhere in the Mountains"
I remember Lincoln Courts & Renegales.
Riding through the projects to say, "Hello" to family we left
scurrying dogs barking at the screendoor's screech.
I remember, "Is that you?"
Having a welcome home reach.
Each year, I bent down further to give Great Grandma a hug in her
I remember counting-
First body of water,
Second body of water,
Third, before we got there.
I remember soft toilet seats
covered by dolls with dresses,
Gathering around the table
Parading around the buffet.
Grandma made rolls.
Uncle John made greens & fudge.
I remember when family
When we took love back with us
like jugs of clean water
we'd fill from the tap.
The city was missing that.
Watch their full interview here.
For more information on the Story Gathering Project, please visit https://uacvoice.org/storygathering