… awesome? ….
I guess that would definitely be the Gypsy Magicks. ;-)
and thanks, phenje, I’m feeling better every day~ <3333
It’s strange to me, when I stop and think about it. I live in the US now. When I was a child, I didn’t even have any idea about America. I knew about European countries, because we travelled there a lot. But, my world view was relatively small.
I thought that I had relatives all over the world. My Baba said I had a great aunt in this place called Birmingham, Alabama, in this place called Ame Riika . I never believed her, I still don’t… but it made me curious about the US.
I remember my dad got me this book. It had pictures of the world and where the countries were and a page or so of how to say different things in each language. I could finally see where Slovakia, and France, and Portugal were in relation to the UK and yes, to America.
I certainly thought I wouldn’t come here. Way too far away.
When I came here, I never knew there were Roma here. It was such a long journey for me, on an airplane and …. flying wasn’t a thing my family thought was a good thing. My Maami blessed me about five million times and my Bibi started asking me who the boy was (lol).
I didn’t grow up here. I didn’t know about vitsas and the groups in this country - it’s been a HUGE learning curve for me. I tried to hide my ethnicity as much as I could. People asked me questions about where I was from really. All kinds of things. “You don’t look British” they’d say.
In the end, I just started being honest…
and it was the best move I ever made because I’m met some amazing Roma. I am truly blessed…
this world is kind of amazing.
It was about how I expected. Not all that great, but I did the best I could (I wrote a lot and explained as much as I could, so I’m keeping everything crossed)… but, I don’t know. I’m pretty worried. :(
I’m still feeling really rough - I don’t think back to back 3 hour exams helped matters. It can take a really long time to fully recover (I still have wibbly head, headaches, back pain, exhaustion, though my rash finally went, like 3 weeks later or so)
Honestly? I’m just grateful to be alive, because it was pretty serious there for a while.
Well, I was never read a story - but we certainly told stories as a family. Probably… hmm… I don’t know! I loved so many of my grandmother’s stories..
Probably the one about the house of wax and the house of salt! (Kher katar o mom thaj katar o lon)
All Roma groups, however, fell victim to a ruling system that did not only limit their human rights, but withdrew them completely. “The dark skinned strangers” were denied their humanness: Roma were seen as “debased creatures” that “wanted to become slaves because it lifted them, although not to the level of human beings, to the same level of good, working, domestic animals”.
The terms “Ţigani” and “Robi” were interchangable, they described a certain social class. Roma were slaves from their birth on. They were not allowed to enter relationships with “free” persons, and marriages between slaves could only take place, if the respective owner granted permission. The spectrum of bodily violence ranged from flogging to torture and the death penalty.
I AM THE COURSEWORK BEAST.
Seriously, you have no idea.
I’ve spent the past few days doing coursework that ought to have been done over several months… and I genuinely think it’ll pass.
(Note to self: next time, don’t be a wimp; ask for help MUCH earlier. Mentalness is way less fun than learning cool shit.)
I totally just had to do this so MASSIVE HIGH FIVE AND CRIES OF AWESOME.
(I completed a full semester of work in only 5 days and got a B… you got this)
I don’t know if anyone from the NATT is from a Romanichal, Romany or Pavee background, but literally all of their resources has “Gypsy” on them and I’m not comfortable using them because I don’t know how my students’ families feel about that term. I’m very lucky in that the mother of one of the children in my class has volunteered to come in and share a few stories, but I’d like some other resources that aren’t terrible. (One of the websites that claimed to have resources offered a “decorate the gypsy caravan” colouring page.) I am going to try my hardest not to screw this up. I’m kind of scared that as a gadje I’ll screw it up automatically. My thoughts at the moment are to talk about some of the famous contemporary Roma, Romany and Romanichal writers, scientists, athletes and activists; to look at 19th century vardos during art; and to evolve an oral story during literacy.
However, I’d feel a lot better teaching with resources your followers felt comfortable with. I know this is a huge ask, but if anyone reblogs with suggestions I would be very grateful. I’m very sorry this has been so long. Thank you for your time reading and thank you if you choose to publish.
(I don’t really like the http://grthm.natt.org.uk/ pages… You’ve probably seen them since they’re NATT run)
http://www.grthmlondon.org.uk/ (specifically London, but useful nonetheless - they also offer teaching resources here:
These are a good start with information. I’ll keep looking though and see if I can find anything else to help you out.
Let me know if you find anything you have questions or concerns about…
jon akana man na xoxavel. Ma zabister so tuke akana phenav:
Tu phenes, “Me som Lovarka” thaj “Mro prapapus barudja avri andre (vixodňarsko) heďoskero gav” …
alje, “me bistardjom”.
… ajsar. Sajekh bistardjal.
Me mangav mek sa feder Tumblr amale mište akhjarel mro dijalektos. Me takoj xoljasaljuvav.
Buteha načačo džungale (Polutani) Roma.
Please do. I’ll come and throw a few…
I saw this one site saying.g she was romani. I thought she hated us
Maria Theresia, not Mother Theresa, right?
Hahah No, not Mother Theresa. Maria Theresia was in charge of the Austro-Hungarian Empire for some time & she was really harsh towards Rromani, Jews & any non-Christians. She was pretty much straight evil.
Her son (Joseph II) was even worse.
If that’s possible (he’s the one who instituted beatings for Roma speaking Romanes)