“Appalachian Footraits”

Salzburg: Vol.23 11Dec 2014

PechaKucha or Pecha Kucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights.

Here some slides about our talk with Kevin S. Fox, Cultural Geographer.

Slide 5

You had already walked 637 kilometers. You weren´t sure anymore if it all was such a good idea. This walk. To where? You still had 2863 kilometers to go. But, to where? Your friends and enemies were the routine, the terrain, the sun, moon, failure, success, beginning, end.

 

 

Slide 6

You once read that the Cherokee from North Carolina massaged their feet as part of a sacred ceremony. They believed that because our feet provide us with our main contact with the Earth that they, too-the feet-conduct the energies flowing through this world and the others.

Slide 16

Your feet bruised from the pounding and stepping over the rocks and roots. But they are happy feet. Feet are emotional and can be happy, sad, tired, angry. Feet can take attitude and stop like a dog who refuses to carry on.

Slide 18

You learned how to walk by walking. You learned how to map by mapping. You learned how to write yourself into the terrain with your feet and not your pen. Your feet, those often forgotten appendages, draw and sing and dance and smell like roses.