Tales from Sacred Wind: Coming of Age in Appalachia: The Cratis Williams Chronicles(Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies Series)

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This book is an edited compilation of his memories of his childhood. Included are the stories "The Double Murder at Sledges," "Preacher Lang Gets Drunk," "My Schoolmates at Middle Caines Creek School," "I See a Baptism," "Ye Offspring of Vipers," "Taking Thanksgiving at Big Creek," and "My Tonsillectomy."
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This book is an edited compilation of his memories of his childhood. Included are the stories "The Double Murder at Sledges," "Preacher Lang Gets Drunk," "My Schoolmates at Middle Caines Creek School," "I See a Baptism," "Ye Offspring of Vipers," "Taking Thanksgiving at Big Creek," and "My Tonsillectomy."
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The premier scholar on Appalachian life and culture, Williams (1911-85) pioneered research in Appalachian studies with his 1961 dissertation, "The Southern Mountaineer in Fact and Fiction." Williams was born in Caines Creek in the isolated mountain region of eastern Kentucky. He began his formal education in a one-room schoolhouse and went on to become an English professor at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. This current volume is a compilation of his childhood memoirs, edited by his son and Beaver, director of the Center for Appalachian Studies (Appalachian State Univ.). Williams recounts stories about his family and community, including his school days until 1929, when he attended Cumberland College. Included are local folktales such as "Mutts Mag"; accounts of humorous events, such as "My First Drunk"; as well as chapters on Appalachian folkways. This book provides an insightful look into the unique life of this influential scholar and is essential for all Appalachian studies collections.-Eloise R. Hitchcock, Middle Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Murfreesboro Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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David Cratis Williams, son of Cratis, is an associate professor of communication at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Patricia D. Beaver is director of the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 In the Beginning 29
I See a Baptism 32
Preacher Clem Boggs 39
Grampap Jake and Granny Feeb 40
Postmark: Sacred Wind 48
A Cathide Banjo Head 49
My First Drunk 53
Appalachian Folkways: Food and the Country Stores 59
Old Shep 64
A Basket for My Rooster 66
My Great-grandparents: Gabriel Griffith and Elzina See Griffith 69
"Mutts Mag" 72
Ch. 2 Growing Up in Sacred Wind 84
Starting Elementary School 84
Uncle Wash 87
Elementary School Days 91
World War I on Caines Creek 93
The School Goes to a Funeral 98
Appalachian Folkways: Death, Dying and Funeral Rituals 101
Hugh and Hunnah Boggs (Granny Hanner) 106
My Great-grandparents: John D. ("Hamey") Boggs and Nancy Griffith Boggs 107
Uncle Jesse "Kirby" Boggs 112
"The Old Sow Hant" 113
The Nipperses 115
Dow Boggs 120
Ch. 3 Beyond the Big Sandy ... and Home Again 126
Tenants in Ohio 126
Our Hardest Summer 167
Appalachian Folkways: At Play 178
Appalachian Folkways: Borning, Child Rearing and Family Life 181
Ch. 4 In the Family Spirit(s) 190
Grampa Jeff Gets Drunk (On my whiskey) 190
A Bottle of Liquor at Each End of the Corn Row 191
A Man Dies When His Time Comes 201
The Whitts 203
Cal Tolliver 212
Ye Offspring of Vipers 214
Preacher Lant Gets Drunk 219
Moonshining in My Family 227
Liquor from Wallowhole 231
Ch. 5 A Day's Ride by Mule to High School 239
High School: First Year 250
High School: Second Year 300
Grampa Takes Me to School 307
Levi J. Webb 317
The Bad Man at the Boarding House 321
Finishing High School with William H. Vaughan 327
Why a Mountain Boy Should Be Proud 337
Salutatorian Address 338
Ch. 6 Moving on to College and the "Big World" ... and Beginning to Look Back 342
Taking Thanksgiving at Big Creek 343
Appalachian Folkways: Holidays 367
The Double Murder at the Sledges 375
My Tonsillectomy 383
Appalachian Folkways: Illnesses, Accidents, Healing and Curing 390
My First Hitchhinking Trip 401
The Person and the Big World: Commencement Address at Cumberland College, 1982 406
App. A Family Expressions and Comments 411
App. B My Schoolmates at Middle Caines Creek School (Disrict 49), 1917-1924 421
App. C At the University of Kentucky 427
App. D Some of Cratis Williams's Kin 429
Index 431
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    The compilation of Cratis Williams's stories about his life and

    The compilation of Cratis Williams's stories about his life and the wonderful photographs of his family and friends are the true gems of this book. Williams's family is comprised of countless memorable characters, including Ulyssis, the young, inspirational school teacher tragically shot by a local misfit; Uncle Wash, the square-bearded man who enjoys being a boogieman for children, but not necessarily to teach them a lesson; and wretchedly poor Preacher Lant, who takes on a farmhand job with Cratis's father only to sample too much of the latter's whiskey. In the end, the main draw to Cratis's world is the in-depth look at Appalachian culture, and the experience of the early and mid 20th century, especially when led by peripheral and long-overlooked peoples. Overall, this is a book worth having just for the history it preserves.

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