An isolated place to live used to be the Ozark Mountains in northern Arkansas and in parts of Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas. The mountains are covered by forests. The first people to live there were the Indians who were given the nickname “Bluff Dwellers.” This was because they lived in the shelter of the mountains.
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When settlers arrived in the 1800s they realized they had to grow their own food, hunt, and raise free-range animals. Due to the isolation in these parts a unique culture developed. An annual celebration became the Arkansas Folk Festival. The festival celebrated the traditional Ozark culture. It is held every April in Mountain View, Arkansas. On top is a photo of Mountain View.
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Visitors to the festival can enjoy a parade, folk music, and demonstrations of making different crafts. The Ozark region has many springs and streams. Tourism has become one of the main industries. Author Harold Bell Wright got people interested in the region when he wrote his novel “The Shepherd of the Hills.”