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Highland heritage : Scottish Americans in the American South

Author: R Celeste Ray
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Each year, tens of thousands of people flock to Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, and to more than two hundred other locations across the country to attend Scottish Highland Games and Gatherings. There, kilt-wearing participants compete in athletics, Highland dancing, and bagpiping, while others join clan societies in celebration of a Scottish heritage. As Celeste Ray notes, however, the Scottish affiliation  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ray, R. Celeste.
Highland heritage.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2001
(OCoLC)606606810
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R Celeste Ray
ISBN: 0807825972 9780807825976 0807849138 9780807849132
OCLC Number: 44683569
Description: xix, 256 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Highlandism and Scottish Identity: The Origins of Contemporary Ethnic Expression --
Ch. 2. Scottish Heritage and Revival in North Carolina --
Ch. 3. Kith and Clan in the Scottish-American Community --
Ch. 4. The Brigadoon of the Scottish-American Community: Scottish Highland Games and Gatherings --
Ch. 5. Heritage Pilgrimage and a Sense for Scottish Places --
Ch. 6. Warrior Scots --
Ch. 7. Scottish Heritage, Southern Style.
Responsibility: Celeste Ray.
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Explores how Highland Scottish themes and lore merge with southern regional myths and identities to produce a unique style of commemoration and a complex sense of identity for Scottish Americans in  Read more...

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"Celeste Ray's sensitive, thorough research examines two centuries of history and myth....Anyone who cares about Scottish culture, heritage, and tourism must read her book." - Margaret Bennett, Read more...

 
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schema:reviewBody""Each year, tens of thousands of people flock to Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, and to more than two hundred other locations across the country to attend Scottish Highland Games and Gatherings. There, kilt-wearing participants compete in athletics, Highland dancing, and bagpiping, while others join clan societies in celebration of a Scottish heritage. As Celeste Ray notes, however, the Scottish affiliation that Americans claim today is a Highland Gaelic identity that did not come to characterize that nation until long after the ancestors of many Scottish Americans had left Scotland." "Through ethnographic and ethnohistoric research, Ray explores how Highland Scottish themes and lore merge with southern regional myths and identities to produce a unique style of commemoration and a complex sense of identity for Scottish Americans in the South. In the process, she challenges those who argue that ethnicity is tethered to race and that celebrations of ethnicity by European Americans are celebrations of "whiteness." More than a contemporary response to multiculturalism, Ray argues, these affirmations of Scottish-American heritage draw on centuries-old traditions and transnational links with the Scottish "homeland."" "Blending the objectivity of the anthropologist with respect for the people she studies, Ray asks how and why we use memories of our ancestral pasts to provide a sense of identity and community in the present. In so doing, she offers an original and insightful examination of what it means to be Scottish in America."--BOOK JACKET."
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