Wes Modes has been puttering down big American rivers for a few years now, in this incredible “shantyboat” collecting stories of river people—forgotten communities living in ramshackle accommodations. He first traveled the Mississippi, then, in this video, the Tennessee River, all part of his Secret History of the American River People project. Modes’ team will be releasing a documentary film soon about his watery voyages in the near-ish future. Check out their website here.

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