Beyond The Briar Patch: Affrilachian Folktales, Food, And Folklore by Lynette FordBeyond The Briar Patch: Affrilachian Folktales, Food, And Folklore by Lynette Ford

Beyond The Briar Patch: Affrilachian Folktales, Food, And Folklore

byLynette Ford

Paperback | October 30, 2014

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Lyn Ford, an African-American storyteller honored by her peers nationally retells traditional stories and folkways from her cultural heritage. In addition, she provides readers with insights and historic perspective of these tales by including notes and references to extensive resources regarding the folktales she tells and the history that brought them to us.
Lyn (Lynette) Ford grew up in the African-American tradition in Appalachia (in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio) during the 1960s and 1970s.  Her grandparents and parents practiced an ages-old oral storytelling tradition which they passed on to her.  A teacher for many years, Lyn has now been an oral performer, a travelling storyt...
Title:Beyond The Briar Patch: Affrilachian Folktales, Food, And FolkloreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:October 30, 2014Publisher:Parkhurst Brothers Publishers IncLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1624910254

ISBN - 13:9781624910258


From the Author

I conceived Beyond the Briar Patch as a combination of traditional stories,  superstitions, common sense, Foodways, and beliefs based in the world of faith and fact as well as the world of speculation and observation.  I respect all traditions.  Beyond the Briar Patch follows many trails of learning that began in Africa and crossed an ocean, that grew through diverse cultural contacts and experiences, and survived the lives of elders and ancestors I may never know. Folktales for this book include old family favorites such as: • Grasshopper and the Ants • Dog and Bone • Frog’s Fish Fry • Tops and Bottoms • Rabbit and Fox at the Well • Rabbit and Lion at the Well When I finished my first book, (Affrilachian Tales, Parkhurst brothers, 2012), I felt as if I’d drained my brain of all the best of my family’s stories.  A few days after sending off the manuscript, I told traditional stories at an elementary school in Cleveland, Ohio.  Walking out of that school, I realized I hadn’t told one story that I’d included in Affrilachian Tales.  I thought, thank goodness and the grand-folks—I still have stories to write and preserve for future storytellers. Although my first book was a large collection of Affrilachian folktales and lore, I know there is much to share in a second book. Stories are waiting for the story-catchers and the story-keepers to draw them from the waters or to pluck them from the leaves and the voices of the Appalachian region.  I will not gather all of them, but I am still blessed with a little time, a few storytelling friends who share the same African American Appalachian roots, and a lot of memories, and I will do what I can. The stories are not forgotten.  But they need us to gather them, and honor them, and tell them, again, and again, and again.  Thus, I share a second book of Affrilachian folklore and love with you.

Editorial Reviews

“Lyn Ford’s major contributions to U.S. folklore could not have come at a better time. Ford’s work introduces a relatively unknown, yet wonderfully familiar, community in our midst. I am not Affrilachian, but these wonderful tales—shared by a master storytelller—connect me to family I never knew I had.”