Dirt eating is still alive and well today.
Headed to the Kaolin Festival in Sandersville Georgia this weekend. Images and clips to follow.
An eclectic exploration illuminating the origins of the rare mineral kaolinite, the ancient custom of earth-eating, the historical impulses guiding today’s kaolin mining industry, and how kaolin’s strange geology drove deeper the wedge between Whites and Blacks in the American South.
Eat White Dirt is an illumination and examination of the mineral kaolinite, a sedimentary mineral found in the subsoil of the region known as the Fall Line in the American South. The film investigates the white substance’s role as mythological medicine, its prehistoric origins, and its controversial place in the ongoing narrative between mining companies and landowners.