>There may be Welsh speaking Native Americans, but did you know that the Eskimos
>play a round drum almost identical to the Irish bohdrun? And there are some
>native Americans in the Andes who play bag-pipes to this day!
Not just the Eskimo (Inuit in the present day parlance), but several Indian
tribes, especially the Algonquin peoples use a drum similar to the Bohdrun.
At the recent Helen Creighton Folklore Festival, there were several Mikmaq
events and one of the chanters used a drum similar to the bodhrun. I hadn't
paid much attention to that sort of thing.
Regarding the east to west travel of Celtic peoples, one thing which gets
pointed out is that archeologists found during a dig in Labrador a "doll",
Not amazing in itself, but the STYLE of the doll was different. The shape
and looks of the doll called to the mind the figure of a priest in robes.
The site was determined to be over a thousand years old, ie before the
vikings came over. Was this a priest who had gone off to sea and wasn't able
to return? No one knows but the speculation is that there was much more
travel between the west and the east in those long ago times.
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