Get off your backsides. Sound advice Mary to anybody. Personal story, my Grandfather as a child for a time had no shoes and bullies would stamp on his feet. Among other things he played a leading part in the Civil Defence in Lambeth during the blitzes and became Mayor later when the Borough had to be rebuilt. And so on through his children and grandchildren. Never rich we have always stuck in and stuck to it. Nor unreasonable then to wonder why any of any ethnicity do not do the same instead of harking back. We might have been kings in Ireland but so what for the future?
Toddy ,I hate hearing of loss of languages, history, culture. Especially nowadays when we know they why and how and realise how great the loss really is to the descendants of the peoples involved. Individual tragedies and hardships build up and devastate families and peoples/tribes/clans.
I grew up knowing that using Scots in any formal situation would get me slapped or belted; corporal punishment was normal then. Teacher's proudly bought their new tawses when they graduated. Lochgelly in Fife supplied the very best ..what a thing to be proud of, something to deliberately hurt a child
Gaelic speaking children in small communities are still ferried to main stream secondary schools through the week. It's supposed to be good for them to relate to the wider population and to have a much wider educational opportunity.
They do have lessons in Gaelic at school though, but there are almost none in Scots. That said, children are no longer punished just for saying, "Aye", instead of, "Yes".
I heard a good thing though, in this very modern world, and it's technology. Record everything. Film people using their language, using their skills, interacting with their world and their families, and post them up where others can see them and are encouraged to contribute too.
It's being done in Australia, among Aboriginal peoples seperated by incomers and their enormous farming blocks, among scattered families and tribes, and it's quietly building a resource that is accessible and reinforcing the confidence of elders as well as interesting the youth. Still not enough people doing it yet though, but I heard that it was happening in North America too. It just needs an awful lot more input. Camera phones, youtube, Facebook, et al, are pretty commonplace and easy to use. Make use of them. Keep in touch with family and with the wider world too; Use Your Words
Here, in the UK, where the now predominant English language arose, we have lost so many others. We know just how easily they are lost into the mists of time. Cornish is slowly being revived, it's among the last remnants of the Brithonic language of much of these isles from before the Anglo Saxon invasions, when the language connections to the continent shifted to the Germanic states rather than the Breton ones, but Gaelic and Welsh have thriving populations, and bi-lingual schooling.
If we can do it, so can you and why can't your own people train to be your children's teachers ? If their elders aren't confident then it's hard for youngsters to feel proud of their heritage. Surely in this day and age no one can refuse to train teachers from your cultures ?
I don't mean to offend any of you; I know that it's easy for me to sit here and type this, while the reality that you're living is very different.
I would like to encourage you not to be disconsolate or even accepting of the situation, it's not irredeemable, but it's going to take a really concerted effort.
One positive note though is that folks are talking about it, are aware of it, and generally minded to see what can be done to greatly improve matters.
Tsitenha ? you are someone I regard very highly. I'm genuinely sorry that this thread has offended you. I hope you don't leave the site; your conversation and opinions are valued.
It matters a very great deal that people like you and Joe are prepared to speak out, to correct assumptions that just don't bear out the reality of your certainty.
At the end of the day, it's the children growing up who are the future. If we can't care for them, can't educate them, can't see them as well founded and grounded as we possibly can, then the shame is on us, and that's regardless of nation, or people, or culture.
It's a big wide world out there, and most of us here are Islanders .we look outwards to see the world and for centuries our children have roamed it all. I honestly think that Continental peoples see the world a little differently, but that's a whole other discussion