Revisting - October 2015

 On October 1st 2015 I opened my 50 year old eyes to the view of the standing stones of Callanish outside the window.

 

For 5,000 years this cross shaped placement of megalithic wonder has been (t)here. The mind boggles, ties and twists into the most exquisite knot just considering what these mighty Lewisian Gneiss  giants have seen, weathered, and whispered under the ages of the stars.

 

19 years ago I came to these stones while living on the southern Outer Hebridean island of South Uist. South Uist was my base for the fieldwork I was doing with The Hebridean Folklore Project.  

 

On the 2nd of October 2015 (just 3 weeks ago) by bus and by ferry I made my way back to South Uist. It was a journey of re-visitation. Once again I had come to this wild and remote island with a purpose. This time my purpose (other than walking the land and listening to the wind) was to find a home for the soon to be digitized body of folkloric recordings that were collected from 1996 - 2004.  And once again, once I got out of the way, the ease which serendipity and synchronicity graced my experience is a wonder.

 

 

The following day I travelled by bus and by ferry back to South Uist. It was a journey of re-visitation. Once again I had come to this wild and remote island with a purpose. This time my purpose (other than walking the land and listening to the wind) was to find a home for the soon to be digitized body of folkloric recordings that were collected from 1996 - 2004.  And once again, once I got out of the way, the ease which serendipity and synchronicity graced my experience is a wonder.

 

Through a chance encounter on the ferry I met a woman called Margaret who is a board member of Ceolas, a Gaelic cultural organization based on South Uist and there was a connection I was waiting for.

 

Have I mentioned that since I was last on South Uist I have knocked on door after door from South Uist to the isle of Skye looking for an organization or museum to hand the digitized folklore recordings, once completed, over to for archival.  I hadn’t had much luck or interest…or just hadn’t connected with the right person yet.  Thank you Margaret...who, by the way I remembered from my days in South Uist, once she told me what her job was.

 

A few days later I met with Ceolas' Gaelic Officer, from a lovely American called Liam, who confirmed Ceolas would be happy to receive the digitized recordings and archive them in their collection of recordings.

 

As far as the digitization process goes, with the help of Tim Britton the digitization of some 30 cassettes is happening and we intend to have the recording available by the summer of 2016.

 

 To learn more about the digitization and the joy of donating to this project, visit here.

 

Please enjoy few photos from my journey and thank you for your consideration.

 

Much love and many blessings to you. 

Hands to heart,

Tracy

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