Ozark Encyclopedia – F – Feather Crown

Sign of witchcraft – “There are men and women in the Ozarks who believe that the strange feather balls known as ‘crowns,’ which sometimes form in pillows, are the work of witches and if not destroyed will inevitably cause the death of the person whose head rests upon the pillow.” ~Randolph OMF 272 Sign of... Continue Reading →

Gone to the woods…

Headed to ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎭᏫᏂᏗᏢ ᎨᏒᎢ Cherokee Country in Georgia for a while, so if I don’t respond to messages it’s because I’m having too good of a time. Look for some great photos and posts when I get back!

Day 162: Hunting for Spicebush

This morning I left the roar of the local annual biker rally and hit the woods in search of some Ozark Spicebush, an often illusive native medicinal. Lucky for me I managed to find Spicebush a-plenty and was able to gather some leaves and berries for use this cold and flu season. Here's some photos... Continue Reading →

Folk Magic 365

For those of you who are new to following the blog, you can find all of the posts I’ve done thus far in the “Folk Magic 365″ series in this archive. Need some rainy day reading? Go ahead, catch up on 129 days of Ozark folklore, magic, and healing.

Addendum to Day 94

A question came in about the folk tale I posted today: Q: Can you explain the significance of that folk tale you posted today? I'm not familiar with ozark folklore. A: I’m not sure what you mean by “significance” but I’m assuming you mean go through some of the symbols and themes of the folk tale? That... Continue Reading →

Question…Black Cohosh

Could you tell us about any lore regarding Black Cohash? Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) is called… …by the Cherokee. That phonetic transliteration comes from James Mooney’s work on the Swimmer Manuscript. The formula where it appears is used to help cure chills, but it’s had other uses as well. In Daniel Moerman’s “Native American Medicinal Plants”... Continue Reading →

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