I was mainly interested in what is serpent handling, why do people do it, what keeps them going through the generations, and who are they. I’d read about it in an anthropology class and that’s the first I knew of it. I had no idea it existed in the U.S. So I think that’s what initially prompted my work. I lived in Washington, D.C. at the time I started this work, and I had some time off, so I went down there to Jolo, West Virginia, in February of 2011. I didn’t meet Mack until that spring, and by that time I guess I’d gotten a little bit more of the lay of the land and gotten to know the community a little bit more.