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Appalachian State University announced in June its publication of the digital collection of Katúah Journal, originally entitled “Katúah: Bioregional Journal of the Southern Appalachians.” This quarterly publication devoted its content to the bioregion of Southern Appalachia. With a particular focus on the former Cherokee lands in Western North Carolina, early issues explain the meaning of the Cherokee name, Katúah, and why the editors chose a bioregional lense through which to view their subject matter.  A volunteer production, the journal took a holistic view in tackling social, environmental, and spiritual topics of the day, many of which are still relevant.

The first issue was published in the fall of 1983 and sets the overall tone of the publication. Topics in this issue include the world as bioregions, sustainable growing practices (highlighting apples), the migration of Scots to North Carolina, and an animal folklore tale. Contributors include: Chuck Marsh, Doug Elliott, Steven “Snow Bear” Taylor, Thomas Rain Crowe, Sam Gray, Curtis Wood, Tyler Blethen, George Ellison, and Marnie Muller, familiar names to many of us.

Katuah gatherings, like this Maypole Celebration in 1991, dotted the landscape during the publication of the journal.

The 38th and final issue was published in the spring of 1993, leaving behind Katúah Journal’s legacy of respect and stewardship of the land and all life in it. We are fortunate to have an archived history available through downloadable PDF’s. Browse, learn, remember, enjoy!



Jillian Wolf

Author: Jillian Wolf

Jillian is the 2016-17′ Home Grower Program and Outreach Coordinator and AmeriCorps Service Member at Organic Growers School. Jillian grew up in Los Angeles County, later moving to Tampa, Chicago, and Asheville iin pursuit of her passions. She developed a strong bond to the land early on, and remembers fondly the time spent with her naturalist father and on her grandfather’s farm. These experiences led to professional interests in zoo exhibit landscapes, organic gardening and permaculture as Jillian learned to live with the land, rather than on it.

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