The Foxfire Book

The Foxfire Book

Eliot Wigginton / Jul 16, 2020
The Foxfire Book In the late s Eliot Wigginton and his students created the magazine Foxfire in an effort to record and preserve the traditional folk culture of the Southern Appalachians This is the original boo
  • Title: The Foxfire Book
  • Author: Eliot Wigginton
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  • Page: 387
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  • In the late 1960 s, Eliot Wigginton and his students created the magazine Foxfire in an effort to record and preserve the traditional folk culture of the Southern Appalachians This is the original book compilation of Foxfire material which introduces Aunt Arie and her contemporaries and includes log cabin building, hog dressing, snake lore, mountain crafts and food, andIn the late 1960 s, Eliot Wigginton and his students created the magazine Foxfire in an effort to record and preserve the traditional folk culture of the Southern Appalachians This is the original book compilation of Foxfire material which introduces Aunt Arie and her contemporaries and includes log cabin building, hog dressing, snake lore, mountain crafts and food, and other affairs of plain living.
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      • Eliot Wigginton

        Eliot Wigginton born Brooks Eliot Wigginton is an American oral historian, folklorist, writer and former educator He was most widely known for developing the Foxfire Project, a writing project that led to a magazine and the series of best selling Foxfire books, twelve volumes in all These were based on articles by high school students from Rabun County, Georgia In 1986 he was named Georgia Teacher of the Year and in 1989 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.Wigginton was born in West Virginia on November 9, 1942 His mother, Lucy Freelove Smith Wiggington, died eleven days later of pneunomia due to acute pulmary edema, according to her death certificate His maternal grandmother, Margaret Pollard Smith, was an associate professor of English at Vassar College and his father was a famous landscape architect, also named Brooks Eliot Wiggington His family called him Eliot He earned his Bachelor s and Master s degrees in English from Cornell University and a second Master s from Johns Hopkins University In 1966, he began teaching English in the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School, located in the Appalachian Mountains of northeastern Georgia.Wigginton began a writing project based on his students collecting oral histories from local residents and writing them up They published the histories and articles in a small magazine format beginning in 1967 Topics included all manner of folklife practices and customs associated with farming and the rural life of southern Appalachia, as well as the folklore and oral history of local residents The magazine began to reach a national audience and became quite popular.The first anthology of collected Foxfire articles was published in book form in 1972, and achieved best seller status Over the years, the schools published eleven other volumes The project transferred to the local public school in 1977 In addition, special collections were published, including The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery, Foxfire 25 Years, A Foxfire Christmas, and The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Toys and Games Several collections of recorded music from the local area were released.


    697 Comments

    1. Just like my advice to anyone, for anything, is to build a fire with your bare hands what we need to do is burn every goddamn self help book in existence and distribute these instead I m serious Elect me president and that s the only thing I ll do So don t elect me president, is what I m saying.The moonshining chapter is the best Plus every single gold nugget of a story that, all the way down to the dialect, sounds exactly like every single story I grew up with from grandmas, grandpas, aunts, un [...]


    2. As someone from Appalachia who s into DIY stuff, I m surprised it took me this long to read this book Especially since my dad has all of them sitting on his bookshelves I loved it, of course It is in significant part a practical book covering topics ranging from building a log cabin to pickling vegetables, and initially, I felt most excited about learning those things But although that was cool, it wasn t what really got me about the book What really got me was being re connected to an Appalachi [...]


    3. The Foxfire book is one of my favorite books I picked it up on vacation in West Virginia and couldn t put it down This is a compilation of a bunch of magazine articles done by a creative high school teacher in the mountains of Georgia in the 60 s, who saw that the older generation of folks who had grown up around the turn of the century had an awful lot of knowledge that was about to die with them, and also saw that their television watching grandkids felt almost no connection with their log cab [...]


    4. The ultimate in unschooling homeschooling inspiration, the Foxfire series began in the 1960 s as Cornell M.A graduate B Eliot Wigginton, then a young Appalachian school English teacher, made a groundbreaking decision to reach out to his unruly, disrespectful, students in a personal, and meaningful, way by throwing out his entire curriculum He started fresh engaging his students in a vast creative project that ultimately became Foxfire, named for a phosphorescent flower that grows in the mountain [...]


    5. I have all of the Foxfire books and they are wonderful for dipping in and perusing I feel that this will be a good book to share with my son as he gets older so that he can see how folks used to live in these Appalachian mountains of ours Educationald I love the oral history aspect of this series.


    6. The original Foxfire book, destined to become a classic, spurring off a dozen sequels Beloved by the Hippie generation, I read this book when I was 17 or so I found a copy in my dad s estate, and felt it was high time to begin reading it again.The Foxfire magazine was a school project A teacher in North Carolina, Eliot Wiggington, wanted to discover a way to teach his students that would rather not learn The result was a magazine written by the students on the folklore and forgotten way of life [...]


    7. This is one of the most refreshing and satisfying books I ve ever read It began as a high school class visiting and taking down stories by and about people who are content and comfortable with their ordinary lots in life Folks who are happy puttin up maters I read several volumes of the series and I always return gladly to this first one, the touchstone volume.


    8. Arthritis Drink a mixture of honey, vinegar, and moonshine That ll definitely do the trick These are always really interesting to read, although I just skimmed some parts like how to kill a hog and cabin building really isn t on my to do list The essays and interviews are probably the best to see how different it is from today.


    9. This is a collection of magazine articles about Appalachian living around three to five generations ago, depending on the reader s age It is a mix of how to articles of questionable quality, stories, and tall tales The depth isn t really enough to provide instruction on its own, so better to consider it as preserving slices of life from a time increasingly distant Best for folks with some connection to the area, or interested in the subject matter.


    10. I grew up with the Foxfire books as both reference and folktale, recipe book and source of many curiosities As someone who grew up in many places, from suburb to countryside, the practical guides in the Foxfire books have helped me stay in touch with my roots I prefer to know how to do things, even if I might never have to actually do them I may never have to build a log cabin or dress a freshly killed hog, but it s good to know I have the instructions just in case.


    11. While on vacation in Georgia, we made time to go to the Foxfire Museum site What an experience Growing up in rural Kentucky, I had read the first Foxfire book as a child Reading it again at 40 was a delight This series is a testament to so many worthwhile things from a teacher figuring out how to really connect with students to exploring true self reliance and preserving history I can t wait to read the whole set


    12. My parents had this and the rest of this series when I was a kid and I was finally able to get a vintage copy for myself This is a really amazing book full of tips that are sometimes helpful sometimes not , but always a pleasure to read.




    13. Mixed views on this, but of course they re colored by my preconceptions of what oral history should be rather than, necessarily, the quality of the project, itself.



    14. Interesting book and project, but hard to find the work instructional in any way More entertaining as a slice of life.


    15. As best I can piece together, this book is a compilation of articles appearing in Foxfire magazine between the years 1966 and 1972, and though the sub title hog dressing, log cabin building etc promises all kinds of crazy coolness, it turns out the coolest thing about it is that it was written by ninth and tenth grade English classes at Rabun County High School in north Georgia in lieu of a normal English curriculum Reading the text, you would never guess There are no typos, no dangling modifier [...]


    16. This brief review is for the entire series For those who know the Foxfire story it probably needs little background For those who may not know, you owe it to yourself to read the initial installment which will likely lead you to the others The books are primarily the results of a series of interviews of the elderly inhabitants of the Appalachia in the eastern US I believe the late 60 s is when the majority of the research took place The author a teacher and his students wished to capture what th [...]


    17. The Foxfire Book Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building, Mountain Crafts and Foods, Planting by the Signs, Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing, Moonshining, and Other Affairs of Just Plain Living by Elliot Wigginton Anchor Books 1972 917.58 At Rabun County High School, a small country school in the remotely rural mountains of North Georgia, a high school teacher came up with an interesting assignment for his class the students were to interview old country folk to seek to learn old mountain craft [...]


    18. I picked up this copy in December of last year while shopping in Arizona with my friend Travis I had grown interested in the culture surrounding my Appalachian heritage Written in the 1960s as a series of newsletters and later edited and published in a series of books, the first Foxfire book draws on the necessities of survival and thriving in the Appalachian mountains Written as an exercise in English or language arts education, the newsletters tell the story of what it takes to survive in the [...]


    19. I had to read The Foxfire Book in chunks,so luckily The Foxfire Book lends itself to that Reading this book is like stepping back in time Twice The first step back is to the year 1968 when it was first copyrighted When the young people high school students and their English teacher who collaborated on it were doing the interviews with the folks who gave the instructions The next trip back is into the lives and ways of the people interviewed It s a double dose of time travel, and a double hit of [...]


    20. I love the idea of this book, but it is not the kind of book you read cover to cover The majority of the book includes technical explanations in dialect of how to construct a log cabin or slaughter and prepare a hog There were some interesting stories throughout the text I liked the section on faith healing a lot and the sections devoted to individual people The book needed of those stories and less formal instruction on home remedies, perhaps an appendix for those sections The Firefox books be [...]


    21. Hog dressing, log cabin building, mountain crafts and foods, planting by the signs, snake lore, hunting tales, faith healing, moonshining, etcWow How can that not rope a person in People are wussies these days and I think everyone needs to have a copy of this book Hell I want multiple copies so I can put one on my bookshelf, one in my kitchen, and maybe one in my bathroom I tossed a copy in my bug out bag This is a gem of a book and they just don t make them like this any Kids could benefit from [...]


    22. This was a fascinating look at the culture and beliefs of the Appalachian people in Rabun County, GA The stories were wonderful and thoughtfully written, and I loved the pictures that accompanied them Although some of the how to sections wouldn t be relevant to most lifestyles today, they were interesting to read and preserve traditional knowledge, which I think is awesome I m not sure though why so many reviewers are whining about the hog dressing chapter These stories were compiled in the 1960 [...]


    23. This book was alright, some of the information in this book was awesome However, some was not exactly what I was expecting or needed to see cough hog slaughter cough I would have given the book a higher rating, however there were parts of the book in which were quite difficult to read Literally, not as in I didn t want to but the language and how it was written was odd If you don t have a problem with that then you can give this book a go I am thinking about trying some of the things in this boo [...]


    24. Now this is not a sit down and read from cover to cover book nor have I done so, but I wouldn t doubt i have read the entire book over a period of time I feel that everyone should have a set of these last checked 12 volumes in their home should we have a nuclear winter or an overthrow of our government or etc This series of books, starting out in the early 1970s, documents how a person can make everything they could possibly need or want to make life comfortable when there are no malls or Wal M [...]


    25. This is an interesting book the whose series is so for anyone interested in how things were done before telephones let alone mobiles , electronics and in some places, even cars It is a great injustice to think that life was easier because it was a simpler time It was not even a simpler time, it was simply a technologically primitive time That means life itself was harder and folks were self reliant because they had to do for themselves for the essentials of life such as food, water and a place [...]


    26. Soon after these titles started appearing in book stores, I decided I needed to own them They sounded like they d be a useful reference Remember, these came out before the internet came along I flipped the pages, scanned the contents, and spot read some of the pages Then they sat gathering dust until I heard Wigginton speak at a conference That triggered my memories and I flipped pages once again These still have a spot on my bookshelves, but I have to admit that I ve never used any of the info [...]


    27. This book is difficult to read cover to cover because of the high amount of detail For example, it shows you how to build a number of different log cabins and moonshine stills The details are boring It s hard to imagine that the people who gave this book 5 stars actually read it cover to cover What I did like was getting to know some of the old timers and what their life was like So different from mine or anyone I know I would be interested in interviews of individual people and what their day [...]


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