ammons sisters book

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a 501c3 nonprofit arts and heritage organization, has presented the Ammons Sisters as storytellers for 30 years in the school systems and public settings of the South.

As Amy Ammons Garza tells the story, sister Doreyl Ammons Cain illustrates it and the story comes alive for the audience. To share the stories of their mountain childhood to thousands, Garza has written a new book featuring illustrations by her sister and photos of many of their performances.

The book “Mountain Storytelling & Spontaneous Art” with The Ammons Sisters pays tribute to 30 years of traveling the Southern states presenting to children and adults simple mountain stories, and then provides the complete performance script. The book includes the stories, as told by Garza, of the cucumber doll, attack of the panther, snake in the wall; the audience participation with dancing and the can house band; concluding with the poems “I Ain’t Nobody” and “I Am Somebody.”

In line with CSA’s mission, storytelling and spontaneous visual art utilizes all the language skills: listening, response, speaking, seeing, pronunciation skills (enunciation, correct usage, projection) vocabulary enrichment, writing skills (plot, characterization, setting, dialogue), imagination, performing skills, evaluation for self and others, Garza said.

The sisters have designed their program to draw in the attention of the young while touching the memory of those who have grown older.

Published by CSA, the book is at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, Tunnel Mountain Crafts in Dillsboro or can be purchased online at

For more information, call Garza at 226-0640 or email