Storytelling Festival Keeps Mountain Tradition Alive

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 5, 2005   View Article

Long before the Internet, TV, movies, and radio, stories were told the old-fashioned way—around a fire. Now an annual Appalachian festival devoted exclusively to the art of storytelling is striving to rekindle the flame.

“We want people gathering again to share their stories,” said Jimmy Neil Smith, president of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

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