Migration in Appalachia
Appalachia has always been a historical meeting place for Native, African, British, and other European cultures, especially in terms of music. Clogging and stringband traditions are evidence of British and West African interaction. The banjo comes from African origins, and African American musicians had a large influence on white banjo and fiddle playing styles. Scots-Irish culture also had a large influence on Appalachian music, dance, and storytelling traditions. Learn more about the history of migration here.