Episode 2 | Ruth Manasco | The Fight For Alabama's Last Wild Places

Ruth Manasco is an artist, teacher, conservationist and elder in the Blue Clan of the Echota Cherokee. She is the much loved heart of Dancing Rabbit Pottery studio. Ruth was part of the years-long efforts to have the Sipsey declared Wilderness in 1974, and was part of the movement to save the Bankhead National Forest in the 80’s and 90’s.

Ruth Manasco is an artist, teacher, conservationist and elder in the Blue Clan of the Echota Cherokee. She is the much loved heart of Dancing Rabbit Pottery studio. Ruth was part of the years-long efforts to have the Sipsey declared Wilderness in 1974, and was part of the movement to save the Bankhead National Forest in the 80’s and 90’s.

The Big Tree

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Women of the Sipsey

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BONUS Episode: The Grandmother Mountains

Janice Barrett of Wild South’s Alabama office introduces the context of the Present Tense Media series, “The Fight For Alabama’s Last Wild Places”.

Janice Barrett of Wild South and Present Tense Executive Producer Anne Markham Bailey in the Bankhead National Forest.

Janice Barrett of Wild South and Present Tense Executive Producer Anne Markham Bailey in the Bankhead National Forest.

Episode 1 | Lamar Marshall | The Fight For Alabama's Last Wild Places

Anne Markham Bailey, producer and host of Present Tense is joined by Janice Barrett of Wild South, in interviews with 13 of the key warriors who joined together to form a movement to stop the toxic management practices of the US Forest Service that were prevalent through the early 1990’s in the Bankhead National Forest. We hear how each of the warriors played a key role in the process of changing hearts and minds, including grassroots resistance and spiritual practice. Each interview is an episode. We’ll release several per week over a four week period.

Episode One features Lamar Marshall, citizen eco-warrior, founder of the Bankhead Monitor and Wild Alabama that became Wild South. Lamar mapped over 200 miles of the Trail Of Tears across Alabama and has been in the process of mapping Cherokee trails across the Carolinas.

Lamar Marshall and Present Tense Producer Anne Markham Bailey in the Moulton office of Wild South, in Lawrence County, Alabama. Lamar browses an early edition of the Bankhead Monitor.

Lamar Marshall and Present Tense Producer Anne Markham Bailey in the Moulton office of Wild South, in Lawrence County, Alabama. Lamar browses an early edition of the Bankhead Monitor.

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Janice Barrett, Alabama Outreach and Education Coordinator for Wild South, offers the historic context for The Fight For Alabama’s Last Wild Places series. Janice first volunteered as an artist and writer at the Bankhead Monitor in 1992, continuing when it became Wild Alabama in 1994, and Wild South in 2004. 

EPISODES

Lamar Marshall/Butch Walker/Ruth Manasco/Charles Borden/Bob Crow/Chief Grey Fox/Greg Preston/Charles Siefried/Vince Meleski/Larry Smith/Janice Barrett/Rob Cox/Terra Manasco/The Power of the Wild

ABOUT THE WHITE HORSE SINGERS

They attended and performed at the Declaration of Wilderness Areas for the Sipsey River and the Dugger Mountain ceremonies. Says Faron Weeks of the White Horse Singers, “A memory of note, while we were playing a prayer song at the Dugger Mountain ceremony a Red Tail Hawk flew over our drum.  It was a good day.” They currently host pow wows in Alabama and Tenneessee and  will be at the Oakville Indian Mounds in Lawrence County, Alabama on the 3rd weekend of May.

CREDITS

Present Tense Theme Music by Cellist and Composer Craig Hultgren.

Episode Music by The White Horse Singers, a southern style American Indian Drum group.

Thanks to Janice Barrett of Wild South Mouton Office for her endless support in the recording of this series.






The Fight For Alabama's Last Wild Places - Trailer 2

Featuring Terra Manasco, Greg Preston, Dr. Charles Borden and Chief Grey Fox

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Launches on Earth Day April 22, 2019

Listen to the voices of the citizen eco-warriors who formed a movement to save Alabama’s last wild places.

The Fight For Alabama's Last Wild Places - Trailer 1

This new series trailer features Lamar Marshall, Ruth Manasco, Butch Walker and Bob Crow.

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Listen to the stories of the citizen eco-warriors who created a movement to save Alabama’s last wild place.

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Poet Erica Dawson Speaks!

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About Erica Dawson

Erica is the author of two collections of poetry: The Small Blades Hurt (Measure Press, 2014), winner of the 2016 Poets’ Prize, and Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser Press, 2007), winner of the 2006 Anthony Hecht Prize. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Birmingham Poetry Review, Blackbird, Literary Imagination, Unsplendid, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals. Her poems have been featured in several anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2008, 2012, and 2015, American Society: What Poets See; Living in Storms: Contemporary Poetry and the Moods of Manic-Depression; and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets.    

Erica’s third book, When Rap Spoke Straight to God, will be published by Tin House Books in Fall 2018.

Born and raised in Maryland, Erica holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, an  MFA from Ohio State University, and a PhD from University of Cincinnati.  She’s taught workshops and seminars at the Florida Arts Coalition’s Other Words Conference, St. Leo University’s Sandhill Writers Retreat, and the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon.  Erica is the Director of The University of Tampa’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, and, at UT, an associate professor of English and Writing.

She lives in Tampa with her Shih-Tzu, Stella, whom she named after Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella, not  Tennessee Williams’ Stella or Stella Artois, though Erica really likes Tennessee Williams and Stella Artois.

The Voices of High School Writers: 2018 UAB Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop

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In this Pre-Season 2 episode, we hear from the writers of the 2018 Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop.

The Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop is a 3-week workshop that offers a rare opportunity for high school students to learn from published authors. Every day, students will work closely with nationally acclaimed novelists, essayists, and poets, all of whom have extensive teaching experience. The Workshop is sponsored by the UAB English Department. The Workshop is named in honor of Dr. Ada Long, founding director of the UAB Honors Program, Professor of English, and lifelong advocate for community outreach, the value of a liberal education, and the enduring significance of literature.

The workshop is designed for high school students interested in creative writing for personal enrichment, as preparation for university work in creative writing, and as an introduction to creative writing as a career field.

The writers sat down with Anne Markham Bailey to talk about writing, to explore their lives as writers, why they write, what challenges they face, what they are reading and their plans for the future.

Thanks to the students:

Anna Grace Dasher

Ben Lasseter

Donna Aldeeb

David Hester IV

J. Hosier

Surina Prabhu

Hannah Bray

Tiffany Duong

Madison Prim

Y'onna Hale 

Jamiah Stroud

Dahlia Henderson

Elyie Brooke Basselin

Eleanor Roth

Samantha Walker

(Full disclosure, Green Bucket Press produces custom stickers and journals for the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop, pictured here)

Conversation With Yasmeen Khan, Senior Rare Book Conservator

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NOTES ON THE EPISODE

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Hakīm (alternative transcription Hakeem) indicates a "wise man" or "physician", or in general, a practitioner of herbal medicine, especially of Unani and Islamic medicine (via Wikipedia)

Mullah: a Muslim learned in Islamic theology and sacred law.

Naqchbandi: a major Sunni spiritual order of Sufism. It got its name from Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari and traces its spiritual lineage to the Islamic prophet Muhammad, through Abu Bakr, who his father-in-law , a companion and successor of Muhammad. Some Naqshbandi masters trace their lineage through Ali,[1] his son-in-law and successor, in keeping with most other Sufis.[2][3]

Gaddi Nasheen The Gaddi looks after the shrine and carries out significant rituals

Maulvi (Mawlawi) is an honorific Islamic religious title given to Muslim religious scholars or Ulema preceding their names, similar to the titles MaulanaMullah, or Shaykh. Mawlawi generally means highly qualified Islamic scholar.

Dera Ismail Khan: British Cantonment town in KPK Province of Pakistan

Dera Ismail Khan: British Cantonment town in KPK Province of Pakistan

ABOUT YASMEEN KHAN & THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2011/12/an-interview-with-yasmeen-khan-senior-rare-book-conservator-at-the-library-of-congress/

https://www.loc.gov/

https://www.loc.gov/collections/

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/05/toolkit-rare-book-conservation-library-of-congress/

ABOUT BOOK & MANUSCRIPT PRESERVATION & CONSERVATION

https://academicmatters.ca/2017/03/books-ready-dustbin-history/

https://www.loc.gov/preservation/about/history/pres-hist.pdf