New Easter Short Course @ Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
ASPECTS OF HIGHLAND MATERIAL CULTURE
(Feartan de Chultar Dùthchasach agus Eachdraidh na Gàidhealtachd)
9th to 11th April, 2018
This five day course will begin by defining Material Culture, helping students to engage with tangible and intangible culture heritage. The course will cover aspects of our culture and history, daily life in the home and work on land and sea, hardship and pleasure, beliefs and customs as well as song and story.
Subjects covered throughout the course may include :
- Traditional Dwellings, arable and grazings, infield and outfield, seaweed and manuring, tools and methods.
- The daily round, organising of work, repairing the effects of weather.
- Changes from the clachan to the crofting system, animal husbandry, tools and implements.
- Shielings and transhumance.
- Effects of Emigration & Clearances.
- Fishing (herring in particular), boat-building, implements and terminology.
- Inshore fishing and the fruits of the sea.
- Fuel - peat cutting and timber, implements, methods and terminology.
- Traditional food & drink of the Gael.
- By the Hearth - Furniture & Clothing , Waulking & Spinning, Churning and Milling, tools and methods.
- Songs and historical information relating to each subject.
The course will include at least one field trip outwith the college campus and participants are expected to be comfortable walking about 1 mile with ease, so please ensure that you bring a waterproof jacket, a small backpack and comfortable walking shoes. This course is suitable for fluent speakers and those who have little or no Gaelic but who have a desire to learn the language in the context of its relationship to Gaelic Song & Traditions. Class tuition will be given in Gaelic & English and both languages will also be used on excursion.
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig also offer a Post-Graduate course MSc Material Culture and Gaidhealtachd History which looks in more details at some of the topics Maighread will be covering in her week long course. Click on highlighted link for more information on how to book this course - Aspects of Highland Material Culture
Summer Short Course @ Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
(Sealladh Mara air na h-Òrain Ghàidhlig - An Dàrna Tarraing)
A SEASCAPE OF GAELIC SONG - The Sequel
6th to 10th August, 2018
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig are offering Part 2 of the 'Seascape of Gaelic Song' course, following on from the success of the 2017 course. There is such a wealth of material on this theme that only a fraction of it could be covered during the 2017 course, so it has been decided to offer a follow-up course during the 2018 Short Courses programme.
Gaelic singer and folklorist, Margaret Stewart from Lewis, will lead this unique course which will explore Gaeldom's rich legacy of Gaelic sea-themed song, as well as aspects of West Coast/Hebridean maritime history, coastal toponymy and seafaring traditions.
The course may include some of the following subjects and themes:-
- Coastal Toponymy
- Gaelic / Norse boating and boat building terminology
- Gathering the Fruits of the Sea for bait and table
- The Fishing Industry on Scotland’s West Coast
- Sea Creatures in Song and Myth
- Smugglers, Pirates, Fishermen & Sailors in song and story.
- The West Highland Galley in Early Praise Poetry
- Rowing Songs
- Sailing Songs
- Fishermen’s Songs
- Songs of the Fisher Girls
- Divided by the Seas - Emigration & Separation
- Love of the Sea verses The Land, Relationships & Family Life
- Drowning Laments
The course will include a field trip outwith the college campus and participants are expected to be comfortable walking about 1 mile with ease, so please ensure that you bring a waterproof jacket, a small backpack and comfortable walking shoes.
This course is suitable for fluent speakers as well as those who have little or no Gaelic, but who have a desire to learn the language. Class tuition will be given in English and Gaelic and both languages will be used on any class excursions.
Click on highlighted link for more information on how to book this course - A Seascape of Gaelic Song.