North Carolina
Celtic Culture and Mountain Folklore in Southern Appalachia
Through music, art, storytelling and more, discover the rich, lively culture of the Celtic people. Learn about their journey to Southern Appalachia and their influence on the region.
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Program No. 21340RJ
6 days
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The heart and soul of the Celtic people are deeply reflected in the lovely, plaintive airs, lively jigs and reels and rich and imaginative storytelling. Through lecture, music, art, storytelling and more, learn about the Scots-Irish heritage of Southern Appalachia. Discover the history and culture of the Celtic immigrants who have traveled to this region for over 100 years, and study Celtic Christianity and the powerful role it played in the 4th, 5th and 6th centuries B.C.E.
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Easy Going
Sitting for long periods of time.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Trace the Celtic culture across Europe to the United Sates and learn about their history, culture and influence on Southern Appalachia.
  • Experience the rich tapestry of Southern Appalachia through the study of art, music and folklore.
  • Enjoy evening activities like live music, storytelling and a historic exploration of Lake Junaluska by boat or trolley.
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Marilyn McMinn McCredie
Born in the Hooper's Creek section of Henderson County, North Carolina, into a family that has held land there since land grant days, Marilyn McCredie grew up steeped in Appalachian folkways and tradition. This, plus her own rich experience, is the basis for most of her storytelling. She is a debunker of myths and a dispeller of stereotypes regarding mountain people. Her depth of knowledge and her skillful presentation have led her to be called “a cultural ambassador.”
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