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Trihas Kefele, a native of Eritrea, is one of the many immigrants who live in Moorefield, West Virginia. Pictured is Kefele, her children, and two coffee ceremony guests outside of her home.
Emily Hilliard
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Moorefield, West Virginia, is home to about 3,300 people — about one in 10 are immigrants. That includes a small community from Eritrea and Ethiopia. Many of them work at the chicken processing plant in town, Pilgrim’s Pride. The hours there are long and don’t leave much time for socializing. Still, members of that East African community continue to practice a tradition they’ve brought from home: the coffee ceremony. Folkways reporter Clara Haizlett brings us this story, with help from former West Virginia state folklorist Emily Hilliard.
Mountain Stage
North Mississippi Allstars performing on Mountain Stage in 2021. Hear their set starting Friday, Dec. 3 on our NPR stations.
Brian Blauser
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Mountain Stage
This week's broadcast features performances from North Mississippi Allstars, Cedric Burnside, Kate Vargas, Corey Harris and Jonah Tolchin. Tune in starting Friday, Dec. 3 on more than 280 NPR stations across the country.
Inside Appalachia
Guests Socializing at Coffee Ceremony - Photo by Emily Hilliard .jpg
Emily Hilliard
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This week’s episode of Inside Appalachia explores stories about families, friends, and how people on opposite ends of the political spectrum connect through music, food and conversations about tough topics. We’ll hear the story of one of the world’s best fiddlers, Clark Kessinger, from St. Albans, West Virginia. We’ll learn how he inspired his nephew, Robin Kessinger, to play the guitar.We’ll also talk about how East African immigrant communities in a small town in West Virginia are connecting back to their home traditions through coffee ceremonies.
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