Field Guide to Appalachian Nature Spirits

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Did you know the Southern Appalachians are crawling
with faeries, elves and other creatures that go bump in the bedrock?

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Home of ‘the Little People,’ ‘the Wee folk,’ ‘The Night Folk,’ ‘The Forgetful Folk,’ ‘The Good Neighbors,’ ‘Mother’s Blessing,’ ‘The Lovers,’ ‘The People of Peace’

branchesThe native peoples of Appalachia once spoke of spirits and “Little People” that inhabited their villages, waterways and virgin forests. Later, with the arrival of European settlers, came even more colorful tales of bogies, omens, curses, cures and their own mischievous Wee Folk. In the growing shadow of ‘progress,’ these sightings became less frequent, and younger generations grew quick to dismiss them as “mere superstition”. 

But Magic and occultism would comfortably survive in the dusty apothecaries and musky log cabins of the Appalachian outback…

Here, the occasional Seeker still delighted in tales of what had increasingly become unmentionable. As ‘civilization’ spread, the Old Ways were made more accessible, and more and more of the old timers’ tales found eager audiences. Slowly, our elusive good neighbors began to creep back out of the ‘woodwork.’

In recent years, many of these ‘supernatural’ creatures have been seen firsthand by locals and visitors alike, but due to fear of judgment and ridicule, the majority of these sightings never ‘officially’ get reported.  This recent spike in Otherworldly visitations has many people wondering, “Why the sudden reappearance?”   

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“I saw a man upon the stair, a little man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today, oh, I wish he’d go away!”
—–William Hughes Mearns

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Corvin Medicine-Crow’s ‘A Field Guide to Southern Appalachian Nature Spirits & Weird Woodland Creatures’ provides a one-of-a-kind glimpse into these weird encounters and the entities that are ‘out there’ reshaping human consciousness to work in clearer accordance with Nature.

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