“Appalachia is the land of sky.”(Williams 19) Appalachia considered one of the top ravishing regions in the whole world. Once you visit this rich land, you will always want to retrieve those memories and visit it over and over. Its charming mountains will reflect its beauty and restore a feel of relaxation and purity in your soul. Appalachian is in the southeastern of United States and located in North America (The Appalachian Region paragraph 3). In this paper, we will dig more deeply in the rich Appalachian culture that existed in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century. We will focus on variety of interesting Appalachian cultural aspects such as music, dance and food.
Before we ponder in the exquisite Appalachian cultural practices and beliefs, let us know more about its geographic region. “Appalachia is a 205,000-square-mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It includes all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia” (The Appalachian Region paragraph 1) . Appalachia is the name of a Spanish empire that was drilling for gold and plunders (Williams 19). It is considered the second largest mountains of North America (Brescia 40). The Appalachian towns that include the mines have its own fascinating history. Appalachia is a place that you can visit in all seasons and each season has its unique spirit and mood. So, if you are seeking spring break, it would be a brilliant idea to visit the holy Appalachian Mountains to enjoy some refreshing outdoor entertainment and relaxation activities such as, fishing or even hiking. On the other hand in winter you can enjoy the fun activities like skiing and snowmobiling. The Appalachian Mountains are a peaceful and quiet place to reconnect to the simple and pure life.
The native people of Appalachia are the Scotch and Irish people, as well as, African Americans who came to work in the mines. This ethnic diversity created adorable Appalachian culture. Music is a way of expressing feelings or a reality and could be telling a story. For some people music are for fun only, while others consider it a cultural trait that reflects and preserve their traditions and even for some to express religious beliefs and rituals. The musical traditions are still a living part of Appalachian Mountains’ life. Thousands of people and visitors travel to celebrate the annual musical festival, called “Cheap River Festival.” This festival celebrates the traditional Appalachian songs such as, Folk, Bluegrass, Rock and country, as well as, dances are performed. These Appalachian used variety of traditional instruments such as, the dulcimer, the banjo, and the fiddle to play their songs.
Music and the deep traditions of Appalachia attract visitors who are seeking a fun and unique vacation. Appalachian cultural...