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Celtic Hearts : Why Does Gaelic Matter in 2020?
Carson a tha a’ Ghàidhlig Cudthromach ann an 2020?
7 Reasons Why Gàidhlig Matters in 2020
Gàidhlig’s roots date back thousands of years making it worthy of both praise and celebration! The fact that Gàidhlig language and culture still live in our small corner of the world is nothing short of astonishing, especially given the long story of outside (and eventually inside) pressures to eradicate the language, culture and people.
A’ Chraobh Ghàidhlig | The Gàidhlig Tree
If culture were a tree, the solid trunk would be language. On the branches you would see things like song, story, kinship connections, music, and dance. Gàidhlig provides a path straight to the source of these traditions. As for the roots, they are the people who bring voice to these practices. Without a strong healthy trunk and roots the branches eventually fade away.
Alba Nuadh | New Scotland
About one-third of Nova Scotians have Gàidhlig ancestry and the traditions I mentioned above hold a space in the core of their identity. When we know and understand who we are we are better able to understand our communities as well as the various issues and challenges we face, making it easier to dream up appropriate and sustainable solutions.
Is treasa dithis a’ dol thar na fad’ o chéile | Connection is Key
Our connection to one another is essential for survival. It is largely our shared language that makes human connection meaningful. With our ancestral language we are able to connect to ourselves, friends, relatives, neighbours and neighbouring cultures as well as to our ancestors. In this way, language feels like a complete resource.
Feallsanchd nan Gàidheal | Wide Worldview
In Gàidhlig we usually describe possessions as being agad (at you). In English they are ‘yours,’ showing little degree of separation between you and your things. Family, relationships, and body parts are usually the only things described as being ‘mine’ in Gàidhlig. Gaels everyday speech is a constant reminder of what’s important. This matters particularly in a world that’s choosing consumerism over connection at an unsustainable rate.
A’ Leigeil leis | Letting Go
Another interesting frame in Gàidhlig is that difficult emotions like anger or sadness, as well as illnesses, are often described as being ort | on you. In an individualized world with no shortage of suffering this framing within the language can help put those emotions which can easily become overwhelming into perspective because we are reminded they are temporarily on us, not a part of us.
Dachaigh | Home
Gàidhlig provides a number of Nova Scotians with a focus for employment; here at Baile nan Gàidheal, Colaisde na Gàidhlig, Comhairle na Gàidhlig, teaching Gàidhlig in schools or universities, and more. Not only is Gàidhlig keeping some Nova Scotians home, it’s keeping us connected and bringing new folks to our area, all of which is good for local economy and thriving communities.
Anns na h-aosta tha Gliocas | In the Aged there is Wisdom
Nova Scotia is home to many cultures of strong roots with deep wells of collective wisdom. Understanding our own culture helps us understand others. It makes sense to draw upon the diversity of our ancient wisdom as no one person has all the answers. This seems especially relevant as today’s problems are becoming increasingly complex. Look back…it just may help you see forward.
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Shannon MacMullin is a Gàidhlig learner, singer and storyteller; a community educator, and the Cultural Experiences Co-ordinator at Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village. She loves dancing, making beauty in the world & bringing people together.