I need an individual who is either intimately familiar with, or able to research, the history of the Appalachian culture. I have a personal goal of learning about the Appalachian culture (ie. music, food, moonshine, unique ways of life), however, I do not have the time to put in the effort to find people who could show me something new.
I need someone who would be able to find unique experiences that may be off the beaten path (not tourist traps). I am looking for experiences similar to some of the VICE or ZAGAT videos on YouTube, however, this has nothing to do with YouTube videos. Once an experience is identified, I would like for the person hired to contact the people connected in order to schedule a time and date for me to meet with them and learn about whatever they have to teach me. I do not need any logistical assistance.
This is an experiment. I would like these experiences to occur one weekend a month. I am not sure this is even possible. If anyone feels like they may be able to help, I would be truly appreciative. Given the rural nature of the experiences I am looking for, it may be difficult to do research solely online. An intimate familiarity of the mountains of the southeast US is helpful but not required.