Clara Haizlett Published

Between The Worlds: A Lost Bird In Appalachia

Lena and Dave Welker at a creek that runs through their propety in Amherst, VA. .jpg

In the late 1950s, the federal government established a program called the “Indian Adoption Project.” Throughout the nearly decade-long initiative, hundreds of native children were removed from their communities and placed with white families. The children were called “lost birds.” Lena Welker, now 66, was one of them.

Lena now lives in Amherst, Virginia, where she runs “Medicine Lake Herbals” and “Blue Heron Outdoor School” along with her husband Dave.

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This story is part of the Inside Appalachia Folkways Reporting Project, which is made possible in part with support from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies to the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Foundation.

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