This article concerns the past and present migrations of people between and within Wales and Appalachia, told through the art of visual storytelling, drawing people into their migrant histories through folk art exhibitions, folk tales, and illustrated books. There have been many waves of migrations from Wales into Appalachia, from seventeenth-century Baptists and Quakers fleeing persecution at home, to miners and agricultural workers escaping poverty, unemployment, and land loss. However, there is irony in displaced Welsh people arriving in a new land and displacing Native people. The book The Moon-Eyed People, on which this article is based, views these stories through the eyes of Native and enslaved people in Appalachia and nomadic and marginalized people in Wales, lending an ear to lost and forgotten voices. This is folk history, stories of people with complex identities who developed roots in more than one culture.


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