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A photo documentary of the last Serpent Handling Churches in America being compiled and preserved into a book for future generations.
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Hunter Barnes

48 backers pledged $12,435 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator G. Jason Head on January 14, 2012

      Any updates on the status of this project?

    2. Creator stephanie bilodeau on May 1, 2011

      Congrats! So happy for you. Australia is eager to get your book. :)

    3. Creator Wendi Sturgis on April 28, 2011

      Huge Congrats Hunter! We cant wait to see the end product!

    4. Creator Lusitano_girl on April 24, 2011

      Congratulations :)

    5. Creator Jesse Mathews on April 22, 2011

      Bobby nai!

    6. Creator Leslye on April 5, 2011

      I learned of this project through a totally unrelated post on FB. I am a native of Southwest West Virginia, about 90 miles from Jolo. I remember people talking about snake handlers, but never attended. My Dad was a merchant and told once of a gentleman who came to his store and showed him where he had been bitten in church by a snake. Through your researcy you may have become famaliar with a book called "Salvation on Sand Mountain". I read it several years ago. It's about a journalist who travels to Georgia for a story on snake handling churches and gets caught up in it himself. Very interesting read. You may want to contact the Association for Appalachian Studies @ I don't know if they provide funding for projects such as this. The association is headquartered @ Marshall University in Huntington, WV (my alma mater). Over the past couple of years, I have found myself becoming more interested in Appalachian Culture. I'm going to pledge to help back this project. I really look forward to seeing your project come to light. Also, please feel free to contact me for any Appalachia insight. It's quite interesting.

    7. Creator dana bowen on March 31, 2011

      Love, Love, Love my photo of "Jeff"...can't wait to view to new project!

    8. Creator David Hemphil on March 31, 2011

      Get down Hunter! This is incredible, super excited to see the book!

    9. Creator Song Chong on March 31, 2011

      Great Work Hunter! I'm excited to see how this develops!

    10. Creator Mike Lyon on March 31, 2011

      Awesome stuff Hunter! Can't wait to see the completed project!