Democracy & Civic Life

The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult to come together physically, and for many of us, that’s made it harder to feel like we’re a part of our own community. But residents of the small town of Pound, Virginia, home to the Red Fox Storytelling Festival, are using traditional stories to reignite that sense of belonging. 

“The virus has been really tough on our community and it’s been hard to keep your head up and keep going without those normal ways of being in community together,” said Marley Green, a festival organizer. “Part of what storytelling has meant for people here is a way of telling history that also teaches lessons about today and about how we got to where we are and how our history can inform our future.”

The Red Fox Storytelling Festival is in its third year. Organizer Marley Green works with Appalshop, the nonprofit arts organization that is home to Ohio Valley ReSource member station WMMT. 

This audio postcard features the song “Big Stone Gap” by Letcher County, Kentucky old-time string band Rich & the Po’ Folk, and a story called “The Cow that Gave Jellied Milk”, told by local storyteller Lynda Hubbard. 

 

The Ohio Valley ReSource gets support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and our partner stations.

Sydney Boles produced this story as part of America Amplified, a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

Sydney Boles is the ReSource reporter covering the economic transition in the heart of Appalachia’s coal country.