Keeping Folk Traditions Alive

Hindman Settlement School’s Appalachian Family Folk Week proved to be a huge success this year. Family Folk Week provided an opportunity for individuals and families to share in a week of traditional Appalachian music, dance, crafts, storytelling, instrument playing and special children’s activities. The goal was to promote awareness of the region’s rich cultural heritage and to pass along traditional skills to younger generations.

All activities took place on the historic campus of Hindman Settlement School. Evening concerts and dances were open to the general public at no cost.

Hindman Settlement School is proud to have moved into its second century of promoting the traditional arts of Eastern Kentucky. The school’s founders recognized the craftsmanship that existed in the area and set about to develop markets for crafts. That tradition has been carried on, most recently, through the Marie Stewart Craft Shop.

New this year were workshops in luthiery (instrument building) and metal working. In addition, a host of traditional music classes were offered including dulcimer, bass, fiddle, banjo, guitar, and mandolin along with offerings in woodworking, pottery, and other traditional skills.

By continuing the practice of promoting traditional arts of the area through the Appalachian Family Folk Week, folk artists in public schools, community activities and performances emphasizing the traditional arts of the region, the Settlement strives to preserve the rich and diverse heritage of the region.

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