Languages of Food and Dance in East Kentucky: Gathering ’Round the Table and the Dance Floor

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How do the cultural constructs of food and dance inform our understanding of place and community? This chapter examines the East Kentucky Food & Dance Trail, a project of Hindman Settlement School, which connects people, places, and events in Appalachian Kentucky around food and dance. The chapter reflects upon how language and geography intersect with community-based work centered in cultural gathering practices. It then offers a brief history of the Food & Dance Trail, overview of other cultural trails, approach to information gathering, framework for presentation, profiles of food and dance initiatives, and vision for the future of the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hindman Settlement SchoolHindmanUSA

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