Paul Wagner writes:
>3) Highland scotland lost their pride in the wake of Culloden and the
>clearences. Don't underestimate the psycological effect on a native
>people of this kind or persecution - for example, Maori culture is
>held in much higher regard by Maoris than Aboriginal culture
>generally is by Aborigines, because the Maoris fought to a standstill
>and retained their self respect. The Aborigines were just herded up
>like sheep and ignored. Anyway, the point is the Gealic culture
>became a social embarrasment, so they lost it - look at the
>experiance of highland exiles in Canada
What saddens me is that the "bad guys" essentially won.
It seems that the Scottish have much in common with Native Americans.
Their culture banned, their languages illegal, their traditions
laughed at; and in the end, young people take one of two routes:
depression at being part of a "inferior" culture, or complete
abandonment of their ancestors. It's much easier to join the enemy
than it is to defend your heritage.
I'm not sure WHERE I'm going with any of this myself. Ask anyone
who's known me for years, and they'll tell you I've always been
interested in my Scottish ancestry. Now I have something other
than rumor and family innuendo; my father is 75% Scots, 25% Welsh,
my mother is 50% German (w/ a bit of Norwegian) and 50%
Scots/Northumbrian. I want my daughters to understand that
heritage; I want them to be able to identify with something more
than fast food and WalMart.
So we'll see where this goes. At least I'm having fun!
Scott Robert Ladd
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