St. Mary Magdelene Parish Picnic, Sorgho, Kentucky.The fiddle is one of the most recognizable traditional instruments in the south.  South Carolina boasts several talented fiddle-makers and even more fiddle players.The sweetgrass tradition has ties to the west coast of Africa and alkaline-glaze pottery was first produced in the Edgefield District in the early 1800s, spreading then to several states throughout the south.Charles Booker, traveling evangelist,  preaching at a revival meeting in McCormick County in 1988.
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Welcome to Digital Traditions!

Home to a wealth of folk traditions, South Carolina is culturally and geographically diverse.  From the Appalachian Mountains to the Sea Islands and from rural crossroads to urban centers, the state boasts rich sources of traditional culture and folklore.

Rooted in family and community activities, folklife involves expressive forms of many kinds that are communicated verbally and by observation or imitation.  Folk artists can learn through apprenticeships, but most often are taught informally by family members or close friends. This sharing of information can occur in many different group settings - familial, occupational, religious, social, and educational. Folklife is dynamic by nature, a part of a community's history that continues to develop every day, with every generation. 

The Digital Traditions web site was developed to provide access to the Folklife Resource Center at McKissick Museum.  For thirty years, deeply rooted traditions like quilting, pottery, basketry, communal foodways, and folk music have been documented through audio, video, and photography. A living site, content will be added periodically, so be sure to check back often as the site continues to grow! Versión Español

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