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Catfish: Man of the Woods clip (1974)

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Clip from the 1974 Appalshop documentary Catfish: Man of the Woods, directed by Alan Bennett.

Clarence “Catfish” Gray was a fifth-generation herb doctor living near Glenwood, West Virginia. In the early 1970’s Appalshop filmmakers visited and interviewed Catfish as he gathered herbs and roots from the woods around his house, received visitors, and relaxed by skinny-dipping in a nearby stream. In this excerpt from the film he shares letters from clients from around the world and describes a typical week of herb gathering.

Preserved by Appalshop Archive in 2013 with funds from the National Film Preservation Foundation.  Preservation lab work by Colorlab.

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