Tell me a story of the mountains,
tell me who I am.
Don't tell me one of them stories
like they tell to the tourists in Jonesboro.
Tell me about my people,
tell me who I am!
How do you know who you are if you don't know where you came from? My family, like others, had its stories and legends. But they told only part of the story of who we are. The rest we glean from histories and the stories of other families. Some of what we know comes from story tellers and novelists who have done their homework, who have studied the Appalachian experience and can synthesize it into new narratives. They, too, tell us who we are.