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Smuaintean Neach-Ealain Traidiseanta Ghàidhlig

Ro-Ràdh/Introduction- The Musings of a Gaelic Traditional Arts Deliverer/ Smuaintean Neach-Ealain Traidiseanta Ghàidhlig

Fiona J McKenzie Estonia

Maarika Toomel and Fiona J McKenize

This trip was organised and funded by:

Arch Network, a Scottish Non Government Organisation promoting learning and development in natural and cultural heritage between Scotland and other European countries […]
 
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Exchange Visit to Estonia by Ellie Swinbank

Immediately upon arrival in the country I was struck by its unhurried, calm atmosphere, its cleanliness, and the friendliness of the people. All of these elements, very visible in Tallinn, only became even more apparent when we had moved on to more rural areas. Other broad impressions I formed were of a country hard at work defining itself within its relatively new-found independence and, successfully it would seem, claiming its place within the European Union and international community, and of a country where cutting edge modernity and ancient practices and traditions are held to be equally important and are celebrated side by side. From a heritage perspective, it is a very interesting country due to its newness. In many ways it feels like a blank canvas in terms of creating a heritage and tourism industry, or at least one that has only just started to be drawn on. It is also a fascinating place to compare with Scotland as many of the issues it faces are comparable, despite having different causes, such as the depopulation of its rural areas and its need and desire to preserve traditional ways of living and working. With these impressions and concepts in mind, this report will focus on an analysis of what I experienced and learned, broken into four key themes: museums and interpretation, creating visitor experiences, building an industry and preserving traditional skills. I will then go on to describe how I intend to disseminate what I have learned, and the skills that I can now apply to my own work and thinking before discussing potential opportunities I can see for co-operation between Scotland and Estonia. […]
 
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Samira Ben Mohamed’s Report on Estonia

“The gong therapy, as explained by Maarika, formed an important part of traditional life where chamanic celebrations were common. It allows for relaxation and meditation. It was a very enjoyable experience and a very useful example of how traditional activities are made accessible to the general public, i.e. tourists, to provide a deeper understanding of the various ways […]
 
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Rebecca Stapley’s Report from Estonia

“Instead of signing a conventional guest-book, we were handed a stick of wood and an axe, and pointed in the direction of a structure shaped rather like a curved fishbone. Once we had written our name in pen on the wooden spike, we had to fit it into one of the holes on the ‘spine’, along with […]
 
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Estonia Report by Sharon Gunason

“Muhu—“Island where time rests”

Caithness, the rural part of Scotland where I live, though not an island, is often seen as just a place people drive through on their way to catch the ferry to the Orkney Islands. Muhu, our guide explains, is often overlooked by those heading to the larger, adjacent island of Saarema. […]
 
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CHIST Estonia Report by Olive Brown

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The rest of the day was spent at Tihuse Horse Farm where they have about 300 horses as well as cattle and sheep. We went for a drive though the forest in two pony traps to a sacred boulder where Martin Kivoso explained the myths connected with the boulder, making each of us tap it and make a wish, before walking round it – a challenge for those of us with a Church of Scotland background! The (LEADER funded) restaurant is a really beautiful new building with, amazingly, a huge tree built into the centre of the main room. As a place to spend a holiday it was most inviting, with masses of information about the lore of the forest displayed on the walls. It wasn’t just a holiday place however as “real” farm life was going on. Martin’s two sons were to be up early next day to drive forty Herefords across Muhu to a small island with of course, the usual extensive EU paperwork to take away from the romantic idea of traditional cattle droving […]
 
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Estonia - Traditional handicrafts, modern methods, innovative use of traditions

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Saarema Island – Estonia – May 7-14 2012

The Estonia programme is based on the Island of Saaremaa off the west coast of Estonia. It focuses on how a predominantly rural country with rich traditions in crafts, music and folklore is supporting its unique heritage and preserving its own traditional skills. This exchange focuses on […]
 
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