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Children of the Smoke:
Painting Alban Ribbons
Possibly the most evasive task before the Council of Scottish Clans & Associations is that of painting the colorful unbroken ribbons of Scottish heritage that begin in Scotland, then flow across the Atlantic and eventually into to every nook and cranny across the globe.
The ribbons signify several things. They tell us that we have a heritage – a pretty darn cool heritage. Critically though, the ribbons also connect heritage to humans – to contemporary Scottish Americans. The ribbons signify that we are fundamentally tethered to our past, be it good or ill or both. Heritage is there to educate us and to explain better who we are today – so long as we choose to recognize and embrace it. The greater one’s grasp on one’s own heritage, the greater the insight into one’s personal identity. It’s only common sense but for centuries history (and historians) have conspired against heritage having much impact for Scots. Unlike many other American ethnic cultures, Scottish Americans are still working on it. [Read more ... ]
BIG EXCLUSIVE REPORT OF GOOD STUFF GOING ON:
COSCA’s Most Excellent Trip To Scotland And Grandfather Mountain!
Part 1: Scotland!
For the best part of June and July this year, COSCA was at the forefront of both games of the biggest double header in recent Scottish American history: Scotland’s Homecoming 2014 signature event Bannockburn Live! in Stirling, Scotland followed by the 59th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games back home in North Carolina. Below is the round up of what happened in Scotland. In a nutshell, it was awesome. Absolutely awesome.
Part 2: Grandfather Mountain!
We have said it before and we’ll say it again: It is difficult to beat Grandfather Mountain Highland Games for Scottish American color and pomp. It is truly a spectacle each and every year. 2014 was no different. Fortunately, this year brought much improved weather over the downpours of last year, sunshine ruled and nothing was cancelled!
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