Teens Talk to 90-Somethings

Radical Acts of Education script


Publications from the Foxfire project.

Teens in Rabun County, Georgia, are tapping into the memories of 90-year-olds in an effort to protect a culture that has often been stigmatized and misunderstood—that of southern Appalachia. They’re part of the Foxfire project, which started in one classroom in 1966 and has grown into a series of publications and programs.

Youths interview elders about traditional practices—from weaving to caring for the deceased. Their stories are published in magazines and books, and the skills they learn are revived through community workshops.

Teens learn what it means to live without electricity or running water, and gain a deep ­understanding of the traditions that built their communities.


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