Family Folk Week underway at Hindman Settlement School

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

HINDMAN, Ky (WYMT) - Most kids are on summer break and if you are a parent, you are looking for ways to keep them busy.

This week, you can send them to Family Folk Week at the Hindman Settlement School.

Everyone you ask at the Family Folk Week will tell you there is something special about our mountain culture.

Raymond McLain loves the region as a whole.

"I love this place. I love Hindman. I love Knott County. I love eastern Kentucky," said McLain.

Event attendee Sophia Dansereau said she is inspired by her heritage.

"It has really influenced what I seek to do in a way. I really seek to learn about other cultures because of such a strong cultural background I have," said Dansereau.

For Beverly Dawahare, she finds a sense of identity in what it means to be a mountain person.

"It is who we are," said Dawahare.

No one can identify exactly what makes someone an eastern Kentuckian, but maybe it is the music or the fine art of basket weaving.

"I was born and raised in Whitesburg, really close, and I wanted my grandchildren to know about the mountains, the mountain people, the mountain songs, the mountain cultures, the mountain dances," said Dawahare.

Whatever the reason, dozens made their way to the Hindman Settlement School for a trip back in time.

"It is for the whole family. There are participants here from very young to well, look at me," said McLain.

Some even make it a yearly tradition.

"Everybody says I remember when you were that little and now I am working with the kids," said Dansereau.

Family Folk Week runs the rest of this week.

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