Cultural Survival


One of the hallmarks of Celtic peoples is the tenacity with which they maintain their cultural traditions in the face of dislocation, disaster and disenfranchisement. This is as true for the Iron Age Celtic inhabitants of the tell mound at Gordion in Turkey as for the Irish community in Sydney, Australia or the descendants of Cornish miners in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. It is also true for the living peoples of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Cornwall, the Isle of Man or Brittany today, who indeed can be said in some cases to be experiencing a cultural florescence. At the same time, all cultures are mutable, and change inevitably occurs. This issue welcomes contributions on the following:

  • Language: continuity and change
  • Popular culture as a vehicle for cultural survival
  • Musical traditions: their past, present and future
  • Community organizations as a vehicle for cultural survival
  • Religious traditions: pre-Christian pagan, neo-pagan and Christian Celtic; syncretism, cultural continuity, revival
  • Literature as a vehicle for cultural transmission
  • Performing arts as an expression and mechanism of cultural survival
  • Cultural survival as portrayed in film



Breton at a Crossroads: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Lenora A. Timm, University of California - Davis


Of Demolition and Reconstruction: a Comparative Reading of Manx Cultural Revivals
Breesha Maddrell, Centre for Manx Studies, University of Liverpool


Manx Language Revitalization and Immersion Education
Marie Clague, Centre for Manx Studies, University of Liverpool


A Brief History of the Cornish Language, its Revival and its Current Status
Siarl Ferdinand, University of Wales Trinity Saint David