Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Festival of the Gypsy, Roma Traveller

I was fortunate to attend, recently, a festival celebrating the culture of the Gypsy, Roma Traveller. Being a Gypsy, at heart myself, these festivities were right up my ally. Commemorating these proud people that have existed for centuries without land or nationality, the festival gave a face to the myth. The history of the Gypsy, Roma Traveller has been both romanticized & defiled. As many as 1.5 million Romani people met their death during the Holocaust. In honoring the romantic past, & the many accomplishments of the Gypsy, Roma Traveller these proceedings also addressed the ongoing racism that these nomadic people continue to endure.

In the next two posts I have tried to capture the face of the modern day Gypsy, Roma Traveller, as well as, the days festivities.


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