Affrilachian Tales: Folktales from the African-American Appalachian Tradition (Paperback)
Folktales from the African American Appalachian tradition. Told by Lyn Ford, one of America’s busiest touring storytellers. The power of Lyn's storytelling comes straight out of her family heritage, which is the content of this, her first book. Here she tells how she learned stories from her father and grandfather—and she includes many of the stories they told her.
About the Author
Lyn Ford tells stories from her native culture, the African-American tradition of the Appalachian region. Her stories are derived from family, community, the oral tradition of her culture, and he own life experience. A professional storyteller, Ford tours the United States and Canada. She has been featured at storytelling festivals throughout North America, including the National Storytelling Festival (USA). She lives in Columbus, Ohio.
“A rich and unique landscape peopled with characters and plots as unusual as they are delightful.”
— Jim May, Emmy winning storyteller, author and educator
“Lyn Ford has given us much more than a book of tales. She has opened the door to her home, invited us in and offered us a meal that is rich with morsels of culture, humor, heart, and history. The minute I read the line, ‘One does not give power to those who try to subvert knowledge, simply because it does not fit into their own worldview,’ I knew that I was going to love this book. And that was just the preface.”
— Kim Weitkamp, Humorist and Storyteller, West Virginia
“When I closed the book, I felt like I’d just been given a party—a party that said welcome home friend.”
— Charlotte Blake Alston, Storyteller for the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, and teacher
"Lyn’s stories bring her native world—the Appalachian culture of African-Americans--to life with wonder, laughter and wisdom.”
— Judy Sima, Storyteller, Author, Teaching Artist