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The only book that closely examines this fascinating storytelling culture of Scotland

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The "Travelling People" of Scotland are the traditionally nomadic minority group known also by the derogatory term "tinkers." Using fifteen years of field research, author Donald Braid takes readers into the special world of the Travelling People through words, stories, and songs.Traveling along the high roads and byways of Scotland, they have established a distinct identity and mode of life for themselves that preserves centuries-old cultural beliefs. Oral storytelling is one of their outstanding cultural contributions and it is centrally important in their lives. For their skills as storytellers, as well as ballad singers, Travellers are internationally recognized as having one of the richest storytelling traditions of the world.Duncan Williamson, one of their best-known storytellers, was fascinated by this art from an early age and dedicated himself to maintaining the wisdom of Traveller culture by learning as many stories as possible. While this book focuses on a number of in

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Donald Braid, assistant director of the Center for Citizenship and Community and a lecturer in English at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a coeditor of A Folklorist's Progress: Reflections of a Scholar's Life. His work has been published in the Journal of American Folklore, Text and Performance Quarterly, and The Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature.

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