What we think of as traditional Appalachian culture is a land-based, skill-based, coal mining culture. We are a people tied to the land. It is what has given us our lumber for cabins, our bountiful gardens, our drinking water, and, for better and for worse, the industry. The fact that we are money poor has shown us that we have wealth in other ways. Our crafts–quilts, baskets, pottery, canning–coupled with our resourcefulness–have helped us to thrive. And anyone who has ever heard an old time band knows that we have great music.