Fwd: Safeguarding Language and Culture



Subject: Safeguarding Language and Culture
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 02:59:30 EDT

If I can comment on this issue, I would say that rescuing the languaging from being deposited in the safe havens of the offices of scholars in institute of advanced studies to be allowed to grow in the daily poetics of life of the people in the country, is the first priority, and then comes with it all the cultural studies and finally the studies of the ancient traditions which incorporated a very ellaborate cosmology which came from actual observations, rather than mythology. If the Parliament of Wales cannot or will not do it, why accept their inaction?


> Excellent, when we get the organization off the ground I can ask > prominent members of the National Eisteddfod to seek their views. One > chaired bard resides here in Craigcefnparc, and Mr Dewi Lewis is a > distinguished editor in the Welsh language. The latter is very much the > language of the ordinary people, as is the Eisteddfod organization. Most > staff in the UW know nothing about the language at all, even though UW was > founded by the Eisteddfod. There are a few good departments inside the UW. > > > > ———- Mensaje reenviado ———- > > >
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2009 08:57:59 -0300 >
Subject: Re: Department of Celtic Studies at MEU > Thank you, this is very nice! You are right, the first move is to > disseminate the Celtic language and then to go to study the historical and > cultural roots, and then go back further to the hyperboreans who built > Stonehenge. There are of course colleagues spread everywhere, researching > Tara in Ireland, just to name one site. Dr. Purcell from Australia, and > member of TGA, I am sure that she would want to participate in some way in > these studies, particularly with relation to the hyperboreans. She is a > scholar in arts, anthropology, philosophy, cultural studies, ancient > traditions worldwide, cosmogonies, geometry…. Right now she is completing > the writing of five books and I am sure that after this work is over, she > would somehow become involved in the project. > So cheers for the Department of Celtic Studies of Maxwell Einstein > University in Wales. > With my very best wishes > Diego > > 2009/3/21 > >> I would be more than happy to create this department and to start the >> search for a professor and staff, voluntary at first but hopefully paid >> eventually. I can also make the suggestion to colleagues in Ireland, the >> Highlands and Islands, Cornwall and Brittany. There are millions of >> expatriates around the world who are of Celtic descent, notably in the US >> and Canada, and in the Wladfa (Settlement) in Patagonia. There is an >> Institute of Advanced Celtic Studies in Aberystwyth and departments of Welsh >> in the UW, but those are small, and swamped by students who cannot speak the >> language. The UW has also been cut into pieces, and this is the opposite of >> the intent of the Founders. Its unique Federal structure has been destroyed >> – quite deliberately of course. At the very least this MEU Department of >> Celtic Studies would focus attention on the plight of the language, and lack >> of tertiary education in the language. The Queen herself descends from Rhys >> ap Gruffydd, so I cannot see why there should be any objection to this idea, >> even among tories (in the small minority in Wales). >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> ———- Mensaje reenviado ———- >> >> >>
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 14:38:14 -0300 >>
Subject: Department of Celtic Studies at MEU >> Dear Myron, >> I was wandering. Would not be the right moment and opportunity to create a >> Department of Celtic Studies at MEU? >> This would be a great boost for Welsh culture and its presence in the UK >> and the world at large and many people would be interested in this and >> increase the local presence of MEU as well. >> Our Russian and Ukrainian colleagues due to the common heritage should >> also be interested, and certainly for Wales. >> best >> Diego >> >> 2009/3/20 Diego Lucio Rapoport >> >>> What a wonderland you describe in Iona! Best of days while the film is >>> done. >>> >>> 2009/3/20 >>> >>>> I think that Iona, Mull and Glencoe are possible locations. Lord >>>> Clark also used Iona for the BBC sereis “Civilization”. My links with this >>>> beautiful Island started when my friend Graham Hall and myself drove up to >>>> Oban from Aberystwyth. Graham is now a staff member in Meirion Dwyfor and as >>>> a student did some geological work on Mull. The route took us past Lough >>>> Lomond and on to the Moor of Ranoch past Crianlarich to Oban. The September >>>> light in the Hebrides is remarkable, and when we arrived the sea was a >>>> bright wine colour from the setting sun, so I took a twenty mile bike ride >>>> around Oban, borrowing Graham’s bike. I was a temporary assistant sub warden >>>> in charge of the Youth Hostel kitchen, being trained as a chemist. I >>>> decided to bicycle around Mull, up to Tobermory Youth Hostel, then down past >>>> Inch Kenneth on to the Ross of Mull. It was a pleasure to hear Gaelic being >>>> spoken there by young people (that was about 1972). Mull is MacLean country, >>>> and still a little desolate from the unfortunate clearances, but supremely >>>> beautiful. After a fierce struggle with westerlies I struggled on to the >>>> boat across the one mile straight to Iona. As soon as I arrived I >>>> encountered a massive downpour of rain which washed me out of the tent >>>> borrowed from Graham, and took refuge in the roof of a museum next to a >>>> stone effigy of High MacLean, Knight. Iona was the site of a Celtic >>>> foundation in whose scriptorium was scribed the Book of Kells, the >>>> acknowledged masterpiece of Celtic Art. I had to leave the next day to catch >>>> the McBrain Ferry back to Oban. I think it needs some time on Iona to >>>> appreciate the beauty of the place. Graham and I also made an ascent of An >>>> Tron in GlenCoe, and also another ascent of Pumlumon, when we were caught in >>>> a fierce blizzard. I recognize that An Tron means Y Trwyn in Welsh, which is >>>> The Nose. I wrote sonnets on these once in a lifetime experiences. >>>> >>>> >>>> >>>> >>>> >>> >>> >> >> > >

I agree, the Welsh Assembly must act decisively and press for more powers from the Westminster Parliament. If you wish to read a history of this issue see the Thesis by the late Phyllis Timons on this site. In the last analysis it always comes down to the will of the individual. There is plenty of good will towards the language throughout the world, but in the University of Wales so called, there is overt hostility towards it, a blank refusal to learn the language. This is clear from my case alone, adn also teh historical source documents on this site giving overwhelming evidence for prejudice, but there must be plenty of there cases like it. The Eisteddfod on the other hand is now the largest cultural festival in all Europe, and tak
es place entirely in the Welsh language. So the University represents the colonizing influence, the Eisteddfod the traditional values, which are much more valuable than anything the UW will ever produce with the sole exception of its Welsh language departmemts and institutes. Science in Wales is almost always the imported received opinion, whenever there is original thought as in my case, there is trouble and personal hostility. This implies a slavish adherence inside the colonizing UW to outside values, and lack of confidence or knowledge of Wales itself.


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