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Students adapt old time Appalachian story telling technique


August 18, 2019

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — This summer in Morgantown, elementary school students had access to a special summer art camp series almost every week.

Last week, students learned a story telling art form rooted in Appalachian tradition called crankies. Crankies are also sometimes called moving panoramas, as they are a drawing or painting that can be manually moved and is portrayed within a box.

"It has paper wrapped around two scrolls and when you turn the cranks it moves forward and you can draw either different frames or one big picture that you scroll to see," said 11-year-old Timmy Carlson....

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