A former West Virginia State Folklorist and the founding director of the West Virginia Folklife Program, the author, Emily Hilliard, makes an incontrovertible case in this book for viewing folklore as a dynamic force not just of the past, but of the present and the future. “A benchmark in public folklore, Hilliard’s ability to weave together many voices has given us a work that expands the horizons of critical heritage work to encompass hot dog condiments, wrestling matches, and teachers’ strikes, calling attention to community life itself as the object of cultural stewardship.” – Mary Hufford. “West Virginia has long deserved a book like Hillaird’s delightfully written guide, which showcases the breadth and diversity of its cultural practices and centers the imaginations of those who produced them. With deep commitment to both place and field, Making Our Future is sure to be a lasting model of public scholarship at its most inventive” Elizabeth Catte. “Innovative and inspiring Making Our Future is a significant contribution to Appalachian studies. Hilliard combines first-rate research with great storytelling to show us how West Virginia cultural practices we often take for granted are already incubating strategies for more socially useful futures.” - Ann Pancake.
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2022. 277 pages with Notes, Bibliography, Index, and illustrations, including some in full color. Trade paperback.