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Facing Our History - The North American Gael

Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir

Facing Our History – The North American Gael examines the role of the Highlander, the Scottish Gael, in the colonial and post-colonial history of North America, and how colonialism impacted the Scottish Gael. Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir co-founders, Scott Morrison and Rick Gwynallen will be interviewing Scottish Gaelic and Indigenous academics, leaders, and activists in North America to educate ourselves on our own history, and to use that fresh perspective to shape a path forward today. As we do so, we will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the Gaelic language and culture today, and you will meet some of the people making a difference today. Each program will be in the medium of English to reach the widest audience, but will have some Gaelic woven into the program – a taste of Gaelic if you will. You will also find in these pages reviews of books and other material relevant to our subject and other resources

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Keeping Gaelic Voices Alive in North America
Mar 25 2022
Keeping Gaelic Voices Alive in North America
More Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America: Seachdain na Gàidhlig: Latha 7 – Keeping Gaelic Voices Alive in North America.More Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America explores the authentic voices of Scottish Highland immigrants in North America. Up to about the First World War most Highlanders spoke Scottish Gaelic as their native language, and some knew no other language. It is not hard to find the celebration of Scottish Highland heritage in the forms of kilts and Highland Games, but few people today seem to realize that these immigrants left us a record of their experiences, thoughts, and feelings in the form of songs and poems, and that this was in fact their favored form of cultural expression as individuals and communities. If we care about the history of Scottish Highlanders as immigrants, and want to understand their lives and perspectives, we need to listen to those voices in their native language – even if we need to translate those Gaelic voices to English.This podcast will be broadcast during Seachdain na Gàidhlig / World Gaelic Week, March 21st through 27th. A new podcast episode will be released every day to explore a different region of North America, discussing the history of Scottish Highland immigrants to the area and the songs and stories that survive to attest to their lives and struggles.This podcast is a collaboration between three North American organizations serving the Gaelic community: An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (the American Scottish Gaelic Society), the Hidden Glen Folk School of Scottish Highland Heritage, and Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir (The Gaelic School of Baltimore).Audio Engineer: Tim Thompson, Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir Gaelic learner and Board of Trustees member.Opening song: We Will Go to America, from the CD, “Songs of the Scottish Highlanders in the United States”, by Na Fògarraich.Na Fògarraich Members:Michael Newton - solo vocals, keyboards *Peg Aloi - backing vocalsBenjamin Bruch - backing vocals *Jonathan Dembling - backing vocals *Bennett Hammond - guitarMichael MacNintch - bagpipesEd Pearlman - fiddle *Dan Pitts - step-dancingSusanna Porte - cello* - the members with asterisks are playing on “We will go to America”.Show less
Keeping Gaelic Voices Alive in North America
Mar 25 2022
Keeping Gaelic Voices Alive in North America
More Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America: Seachdain na Gàidhlig: Latha 7 – Keeping Gaelic Voices Alive in North America.More Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America explores the authentic voices of Scottish Highland immigrants in North America. Up to about the First World War most Highlanders spoke Scottish Gaelic as their native language, and some knew no other language. It is not hard to find the celebration of Scottish Highland heritage in the forms of kilts and Highland Games, but few people today seem to realize that these immigrants left us a record of their experiences, thoughts, and feelings in the form of songs and poems, and that this was in fact their favored form of cultural expression as individuals and communities. If we care about the history of Scottish Highlanders as immigrants, and want to understand their lives and perspectives, we need to listen to those voices in their native language – even if we need to translate those Gaelic voices to English.This podcast will be broadcast during Seachdain na Gàidhlig / World Gaelic Week, March 21st through 27th. A new podcast episode will be released every day to explore a different region of North America, discussing the history of Scottish Highland immigrants to the area and the songs and stories that survive to attest to their lives and struggles.This podcast is a collaboration between three North American organizations serving the Gaelic community: An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (the American Scottish Gaelic Society), the Hidden Glen Folk School of Scottish Highland Heritage, and Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir (The Gaelic School of Baltimore).Audio Engineer: Tim Thompson, Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir Gaelic learner and Board of Trustees member.Opening song: We Will Go to America, from the CD, “Songs of the Scottish Highlanders in the United States”, by Na Fògarraich.Na Fògarraich Members:Michael Newton - solo vocals, keyboards *Peg Aloi - backing vocalsBenjamin Bruch - backing vocals *Jonathan Dembling - backing vocals *Bennett Hammond - guitarMichael MacNintch - bagpipesEd Pearlman - fiddle *Dan Pitts - step-dancingSusanna Porte - cello* - the members with asterisks are playing on “We will go to America”.Show less
Missing Evidence, Ethnic Myths, and Gaels of Many Colors
Mar 25 2022
Missing Evidence, Ethnic Myths, and Gaels of Many Colors
More Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America: Seachdain na Gàidhlig: Latha 6 – Missing Evidence, Ethnic Myths, and Gaels of Many Colors.More Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America explores the authentic voices of Scottish Highland immigrants in North America. Up to about the First World War most Highlanders spoke Scottish Gaelic as their native language, and some knew no other language. It is not hard to find the celebration of Scottish Highland heritage in the forms of kilts and Highland Games, but few people today seem to realize that these immigrants left us a record of their experiences, thoughts, and feelings in the form of songs and poems, and that this was in fact their favored form of cultural expression as individuals and communities. If we care about the history of Scottish Highlanders as immigrants, and want to understand their lives and perspectives, we need to listen to those voices in their native language – even if we need to translate those Gaelic voices to English.This podcast will be broadcast during Seachdain na Gàidhlig / World Gaelic Week, March 21st through 27th. A new podcast episode will be released every day to explore a different region of North America, discussing the history of Scottish Highland immigrants to the area and the songs and stories that survive to attest to their lives and struggles.This podcast is a collaboration between three North American organizations serving the Gaelic community: An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (the American Scottish Gaelic Society), the Hidden Glen Folk School of Scottish Highland Heritage, and Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir (The Gaelic School of Baltimore).Audio Engineer: Tim Thompson, Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir Gaelic learner and Board of Trustees member.Opening song: We Will Go to America, from the CD, “Songs of the Scottish Highlanders in the United States”, by Na Fògarraich.Na Fògarraich Members:Michael Newton - solo vocals, keyboards *Peg Aloi - backing vocalsBenjamin Bruch - backing vocals *Jonathan Dembling - backing vocals *Bennett Hammond - guitarMichael MacNintch - bagpipesEd Pearlman - fiddle *Dan Pitts - step-dancingSusanna Porte - cello* - the members with asterisks are playing on “We will go to America”.
Gaels in The Pacific West from Alaska to California
Mar 24 2022
Gaels in The Pacific West from Alaska to California
More Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America: Seachdain na Gàidhlig: Latha 5 – Gaels in The Pacific West from Alaska to California.More Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America explores the authentic voices of Scottish Highland immigrants in North America. Up to about the First World War most Highlanders spoke Scottish Gaelic as their native language, and some knew no other language. It is not hard to find the celebration of Scottish Highland heritage in the forms of kilts and Highland Games, but few people today seem to realize that these immigrants left us a record of their experiences, thoughts, and feelings in the form of songs and poems, and that this was in fact their favored form of cultural expression as individuals and communities. If we care about the history of Scottish Highlanders as immigrants, and want to understand their lives and perspectives, we need to listen to those voices in their native language – even if we need to translate those Gaelic voices to English.This podcast will be broadcast during Seachdain na Gàidhlig / World Gaelic Week, March 21st through 27th. A new podcast episode will be released every day to explore a different region of North America, discussing the history of Scottish Highland immigrants to the area and the songs and stories that survive to attest to their lives and struggles.This podcast is a collaboration between three North American organizations serving the Gaelic community: An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (the American Scottish Gaelic Society), the Hidden Glen Folk School of Scottish Highland Heritage, and Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir (The Gaelic School of Baltimore).Audio Engineer: Tim Thompson, Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir Gaelic learner and Board of Trustees member.Opening song: We Will Go to America, from the CD, “Songs of the Scottish Highlanders in the United States”, by Na Fògarraich.Na Fògarraich Members:Michael Newton - solo vocals, keyboards *Peg Aloi - backing vocalsBenjamin Bruch - backing vocals *Jonathan Dembling - backing vocals *Bennett Hammond - guitarMichael MacNintch - bagpipesEd Pearlman - fiddle *Dan Pitts - step-dancingSusanna Porte - cello* - the members with asterisks are playing on “We will go to America”.
Gaels in the Upper Mid-West States and the Canadian Prairies
Mar 23 2022
Gaels in the Upper Mid-West States and the Canadian Prairies
More Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America: Seachdain na Gàidhlig: Latha 4 – Gaels in the Upper Mid-West States and the Canadian Prairies.More Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America explores the authentic voices of Scottish Highland immigrants in North America. Up to about the First World War most Highlanders spoke Scottish Gaelic as their native language, and some knew no other language. It is not hard to find the celebration of Scottish Highland heritage in the forms of kilts and Highland Games, but few people today seem to realize that these immigrants left us a record of their experiences, thoughts, and feelings in the form of songs and poems, and that this was in fact their favored form of cultural expression as individuals and communities. If we care about the history of Scottish Highlanders as immigrants, and want to understand their lives and perspectives, we need to listen to those voices in their native language – even if we need to translate those Gaelic voices to English.This podcast will be broadcast during Seachdain na Gàidhlig / World Gaelic Week, March 21st through 27th. A new podcast episode will be released every day to explore a different region of North America, discussing the history of Scottish Highland immigrants to the area and the songs and stories that survive to attest to their lives and struggles.This podcast is a collaboration between three North American organizations serving the Gaelic community: An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (the American Scottish Gaelic Society), the Hidden Glen Folk School of Scottish Highland Heritage, and Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir (The Gaelic School of Baltimore).Audio Engineer: Tim Thompson, Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir Gaelic learner and Board of Trustees member.Opening song: We Will Go to America, from the CD, “Songs of the Scottish Highlanders in the United States”, by Na Fògarraich.Na Fògarraich Members:Michael Newton - solo vocals, keyboards *Peg Aloi - backing vocalsBenjamin Bruch - backing vocals *Jonathan Dembling - backing vocals *Bennett Hammond - guitarMichael MacNintch - bagpipesEd Pearlman - fiddle*Dan Pitts - step-dancingSusanna Porte - cello* - the members with asterisks are playing on “We will go to America”.
Gaels in New York, Ontario, and Quebec
Mar 22 2022
Gaels in New York, Ontario, and Quebec
More Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America: Seachdain na Gàidhlig: Latha 3 – Gaels in New York, Ontario, and Quebec.More Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America explores the authentic voices of Scottish Highland immigrants in North America. Up to about the First World War most Highlanders spoke Scottish Gaelic as their native language, and some knew no other language. It is not hard to find the celebration of Scottish Highland heritage in the forms of kilts and Highland Games, but few people today seem to realize that these immigrants left us a record of their experiences, thoughts, and feelings in the form of songs and poems, and that this was in fact their favored form of cultural expression as individuals and communities. If we care about the history of Scottish Highlanders as immigrants, and want to understand their lives and perspectives, we need to listen to those voices in their native language – even if we need to translate those Gaelic voices to English.This podcast will be broadcast during Seachdain na Gàidhlig / World Gaelic Week, March 21st through 27th. A new podcast episode will be released every day to explore a different region of North America, discussing the history of Scottish Highland immigrants to the area and the songs and stories that survive to attest to their lives and struggles.This podcast is a collaboration between three North American organizations serving the Gaelic community: An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (the American Scottish Gaelic Society), the Hidden Glen Folk School of Scottish Highland Heritage, and Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir (The Gaelic School of Baltimore).Audio Engineer: Tim Thompson, Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir Gaelic learner and Board of Trustees member.Opening song: We Will Go to America, from the CD, “Songs of the Scottish Highlanders in the United States”, by Na Fògarraich.Na Fògarraich Members:Michael Newton - solo vocals, keyboards *Peg Aloi - backing vocalsBenjamin Bruch - backing vocals *Jonathan Dembling - backing vocals *Bennett Hammond - guitarMichael MacNintch - bagpipesEd Pearlman - fiddle *Dan Pitts - step-dancingSusanna Porte - cello* - the members with asterisks are playing on “We will go to America”.
Gaels in New England and the Canadian Maritimes
Mar 21 2022
Gaels in New England and the Canadian Maritimes
More Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America: Seachdain na Gàidhlig: Latha 2 – Gaels in New England and the Canadian MaritimesMore Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America explores the authentic voices of Scottish Highland immigrants in North America. Up to about the First World War most Highlanders spoke Scottish Gaelic as their native language, and some knew no other language. It is not hard to find the celebration of Scottish Highland heritage in the forms of kilts and Highland Games, but few people today seem to realize that these immigrants left us a record of their experiences, thoughts, and feelings in the form of songs and poems, and that this was in fact their favored form of cultural expression as individuals and communities. If we care about the history of Scottish Highlanders as immigrants, and want to understand their lives and perspectives, we need to listen to those voices in their native language – even if we need to translate those Gaelic voices to English.This podcast will be broadcast during Seachdain na Gàidhlig / World Gaelic Week, March 21st through 27th. A new podcast episode will be released every day to explore a different region of North America, discussing the history of Scottish Highland immigrants to the area and the songs and stories that survive to attest to their lives and struggles.This podcast is a collaboration between three North American organizations serving the Gaelic community: An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (the American Scottish Gaelic Society), the Hidden Glen Folk School of Scottish Highland Heritage, and Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir (The Gaelic School of Baltimore).Audio Engineer: Tim Thompson, Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir Gaelic learner and Board of Trustees member.Opening song: We Will Go to America, from the CD, “Songs of the Scottish Highlanders in the United States”, by Na Fògarraich.Na Fògarraich Members:Michael Newton - solo vocals, keyboards *Peg Aloi - backing vocalsBenjamin Bruch - backing vocals *Jonathan Dembling - backing vocals *Bennett Hammond - guitarMichael MacNintch - bagpipesEd Pearlman - fiddle *Dan Pitts - step-dancingSusanna Porte - cello* - the members with asterisks are playing on “We will go to America”.
Gaels of the Atlantic Seaboard From Virginia to Florida and the Caribbean
Mar 18 2022
Gaels of the Atlantic Seaboard From Virginia to Florida and the Caribbean
More Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America: Seachdain na Gàidhlig: Latha 1 – Gaels of the Atlantic Seaboard From Virginia to Florida and the CaribbeanMore Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America explores the authentic voices of Scottish Highland immigrants in North America. Up to about the First World War most Highlanders spoke Scottish Gaelic as their native language, and some knew no other language. It is not hard to find the celebration of Scottish Highland heritage in the forms of kilts and Highland Games, but few people today seem to realize that these immigrants left us a record of their experiences, thoughts, and feelings in the form of songs and poems, and that this was in fact their favored form of cultural expression as individuals and communities. If we care about the history of Scottish Highlanders as immigrants, and want to understand their lives and perspectives, we need to listen to those voices in their native language – even if we need to translate those Gaelic voices to English.This podcast will be broadcast during Seachdain na Gàidhlig / World Gaelic Week, March 21st through 27th. A new podcast episode will be released every day to explore a different region of North America, discussing the history of Scottish Highland immigrants to the area and the songs and stories that survive to attest to their lives and struggles. This podcast is a collaboration between three North American organizations serving the Gaelic community: An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (the American Scottish Gaelic Society), the Hidden Glen Folk School of Scottish Highland Heritage, and Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir (The Gaelic School of Baltimore).Audio Engineer: Tim Thompson, Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir Gaelic learner and Board of Trustees member.Opening song: We Will Go to America, from the CD, “Songs of the Scottish Highlanders in the United States”, by Na Fògarraich.Na Fògarraich Members:Michael Newton - solo vocals, keyboards *Peg Aloi - backing vocalsBenjamin Bruch - backing vocals *Jonathan Dembling - backing vocals *Bennett Hammond - guitarMichael MacNintch - bagpipesEd Pearlman - fiddle *Dan Pitts - step-dancingSusanna Porte - cello* - the members with asterisks are playing on “We will go to America”.