On his way to the shores of Cape Breton, the famous Gaelic poet Allan “The Ridge” MacDonald was swept overboard into the churning seas while trying to help run the ship ashore. Allan and his fellow immigrants miraculously made it to shore and were cared for and attended to by the local inhabitants, most of whom were earlier Scottish settlers. The story of Allan “The Ridge’s” journey to the shores of Cape Breton, much like the story of Gaelic in Nova Scotia, is one of survival and perseverance. Much like the local inhabitants fed and tended to those immigrants, the Gaelic language has been tended to by devoted people with a passion for the language and culture. Thanks to their efforts and their love of the language, Gaelic is alive and well in Nova Scotia, creating jobs, and contributing to our ever-growing tourism industry.
The A’ Gléidheadh nan Guthan campaign is a concerted effort to preserve and capture those efforts and that passion for the next generation of Gaelic learners. Home recordings are a valuable resource as they can contain Gaelic songs and often give a new insight to the types of Gaelic spoken in Nova Scotia.
“I grew as a musician listening to old tapes like that,” said Rodney J. MacDonald, CEO of Colaisde na Gàidhlig | the Gaelic College. “They become our tie to history and key as a tool for education. We’re excited at the potential behind these resources for our student base.”
Colaisde na Gàidhlig | the Gaelic College, along with its partner the Beaton institute, is looking for donations of both audio and video home recording of any and all things Gaelic. Reel to reel recordings, cassette tapes and VHS are all obsolete formats which will in fact degrade over time. In return for these donations, the College will provide donors a digital copy of their donations. Those recordings will earn a permanent place in the collection of the Beaton Institute where they will be cared for and stored appropriately.
In an effort to make this process as easy and convenient as possible, we are partnering with various branches of the Cape Breton Regional Library to create a series of drop off locations across Cape Breton and Victoria County. Donations can be left with the accompanying form, available for download from the Gaelic College website, or from the closest library branch. Colaisde na Gàidhlig will also be holding a series of events in participating library branches in both Cape Breton and Victoria county to inspire an appreciation for the importance of this sort of material, and encourage donations.
Donations can also be made by contacting the College directly at 902-295-3411. Suas leis na Gàidhlig!
Upcoming Library Visits
Baddeck: Thursday, May 18, 6:30 pm
Sydney: Wednesday, May 24, 7pm
Ingonish: Saturday May 21, 1pm
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