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Highland Heritage By Celeste Ray

Highland Heritage
by 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 the South. The work asks how and why we use memories of our ancestral past in this way.
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Highland Heritage: Scottish Americans in the American South by Celeste Ray

Each year, tens of thousands of people flock to Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, and to more than 200 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. 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. Blending the objectivity of the anthropologist with respect for the people she studies, she 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.

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Highland Heritage Reviews


"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, Glasgow University School of Scottish Studies"

About Celeste Ray


Celeste Ray is associate professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She has published four previous books, including Highland Heritage: Scottish Americans in the American South (from the University of North Carolina Press).

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GOR010188665
Highland Heritage: Scottish Americans in the American South by Celeste Ray
Celeste Ray
Used - Very Good
Paperback
The University of North Carolina Press
2001-03-31
280
0807849138
9780807849132
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