Appalachia Mountain Folklore

 

Appalachia Mountain Folklore

Appalachia folklore has been some of the most beloved stories through the ages. From ghosts and hidden treasure to murder and the perfect cure for your ills; these stories are passed from father to son and neighbor to the traveler they meet in passing. Everyone questions how much truth is behind the tales that seem magic to the ears and sends a shiver down your spine.

After some intensive investigation I discovered there were two points of view concerning the folklore of Western North Carolina. The writer would write either from the European settler point of view or the stories would side with the Native Americans who live there.

Appalachia Mountain Folklore

I wrote this book from the point of view from when the European settler’s lives were becoming more and more intertwined with the Indian nations of the area. The two sought a peaceful relationship with each other at one time, but history has shown this cohabitation of two different cultures eventually clashed for many reasons, especially in their beliefs. Appalachia Mountain Folklore covers sixteen counties with forty stories and includes a chapter covering superstitions that are still practiced today.

Appalachia Mountain Folklore

Ancient petroglyphs on Judaculla Rock found in Jackson County, North Carolina. It is a large boulder made of soapstone. It is believed to be 2000 to 3000 years old. 

Within the chapters of this work of short stories I also include superstitions that are still practiced by both cultures even in the modern world we live in today. The number of people who place a sharp knife beneath the bed of a woman in labor to reduce the pain will surprise you.

Appalachia Mountain Folklore

The lake at Cherohala in Sevier County, North Carolina is believed to be one of the homes of the "little people" in Cherokee folklore.

There are dozens of people who swear the little people of the Cherokee are real. It’s not only the Cherokee but many whites claimed to have encountered them. That was in the past. Hardly! Some have claimed to have encountered them in 2012. The people who claim to have seen strange phenomena are not all exaggerating when they make these claims. Several witnesses have impeccable reputations. You must remember the little people are to be respected and never spoken of after night has fallen. Travel to many homes in the mountains and you will find a small gap in fences surrounding their yards. This is a convenience for the traveling of the little people.

I endeavored to find out if there was any truth behind any of the stories included in this book. I was able to find in the vast majority of the stories there was more than a grain of truth involved and the incidents had been witnessed long before the people telling the story were born.

There are a few cases within the book regarding the return of spirits and how they can protect children. According to the rules lain down by folklore it is the reason they have returned to the places they haunt. I investigated and found evidence something was there, and sometimes felt as well as heard, in these places.

I traveled to a place called Big Cove to give my readers a view of the area where one bit of folklore has been famous since the eighteen hundreds. I raised my camera to shoot the picture and I witnessed a ball of light in broad daylight which rose from the side of the road and traveled slowly down the road and then into the woods on the other side. I was not alone at the time and my partner witnessed this also. Is this proof the story is true? It only appeared when I started to tell the story to my partner.

Appalachia Mountain FolkloreThe Cherokee, Choctaw, Cree, and the Europeans as well as their descendants still tell these stories and Appalachia Mountain Folklore shares them with you.

Abandoned mill and creek located on the Cherokee Reservation of North Carolina. Legend reports a widow still walks looking for her husband who drowned there during a storm.

You may ask if I found anything that was decidedly untrue. Yes, I did and I do not hesitate to tell you if there is any doubt of the stories validity. It is my wish that folklore never dies. The immigrants to the mountains of North Carolina were mostly Scottish, Irish, and German. Spain attempted claiming the land for their queen in their search for gold, but due to their behavior they were slaughtered and their fort burned. Just as I wrote this book you will find that people from all cultures have their own brand of folklore. You may be surprised just how much everyone has in common.

Did you ever hear the tale of the spirit bear?

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  1. Interesting,the great state of North Carolina. Nothing could be finer!!!

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