Candlelight tours, concerts, ironwork workshops and a traditional Cape Breton codfish supper are only a few of the activities visitors to the Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach will be able to enjoy this summer. In addition to its regular activities — such as weaving, spinning, wool dying, blacksmithing, and basket making — the museum will host special events and programs for the whole family during the month of August. Làithean Sona/Happy Days Children’s Program lets children experience what life was like for the Gaels through hands-on activities such as chores, crafts, games, language, and song. The program continues every Wednesday throughout the month of August. Saturday, Aug. 5 marks the 45th annual Là Mór a’ Chlachain/ Highland Village Day. This day-long, outdoor concert showcases local talent and traditional Nova Scotian Gaelic culture, with fiddlers, step-dancers, pipers, Highland dancers, and Gaelic singers. Musique Royale, the Nova Scotia festival of historic music in historic settings, returns to Highland Village for the second time this summer. On Wednesday, Aug. 9. The evening concert features the Petric-Forget Duo. The museum’s popular candlelight tours continue this summer every Thursday in August. The evenings feature a candlelit tour of the historic site, storytelling, and an opportunity to enjoy the view of the Bras d’Or Lakes at sunset. The fourth annual Joe Neil MacNeil Memorial Lecture will take place Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m., backstage in the Tuning Room. Guest speaker Rob Dunbar will give the evening’s lecture, entitled Poetry of the Immigrant Gaelic Poets of Nova Scotia. On Saturday, Aug. 19, the Village will host An Gobha anns a’ Cheàrdaich/Introduction to Ironwork, with ironworker John MacDonald. Mr. MacDonald will speak about the history of metalworking and provide instruction on smithing as an art form and its practical applications. Jim Watson, manager of interpretation, Highland Village Museum, will present Ag Éirigh air Òran/Gaelic Song Workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 23. Mr. Watson and friends will share Gaelic songs that were written in Nova Scotia and reflect the immigrant tradition. On the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 23, the Highland Village Summer Room Lecture Series presents Janet Muller, of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ms. Muller is CEO of Pobal, an umbrella organization for Northern Ireland’s Irish speaking community. She will be speaking on the work of Pobal and Irish language development. The lecture will take place backstage in the Tuning Room, at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 26, Highland Village Museum will host a codfish supper. The traditional Cape Breton meal is served with all the trimmings, including potatoes, curds, chow, bacon scraps, biscuits, cookies, tea, and coffee. The Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach is located in Iona, Victoria Co., overlooking Bras d’Or Lakes. It is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum family. For more information on these events call 902-725-2272, or e-mail highlandvilla[email protected] .
A supportive policy environment as well as political commitment is needed to ensure quality indigenous education both as a right in itself and as a means to improve the economic and health prospects of women, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has been told. Several recent studies show that one extra year beyond primary school boosts economic possibilities for women by 10 per cent, leads to greater literacy and lower fertility, reduces child mortality and fosters democratic citizenship, Linda King, Interim Chief of the Section on Education for Peace and Human Rights in the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), told the Forum. Some 1,500 people from 500 groups are meeting over the next two weeks in the Forum’s third session at UN Headquarters in New York to focus attention on indigenous women and girls, whose well-being is critical to the survival and prosperity of their peoples’ unique culture in this age of globalization. In her address yesterday, Ms. King noted that increased literacy among women had a greater effect on child mortality rates than increased literacy among males. Other research shows a link between the expansion of education and increased economic activity, she added. Also, children who went to school were more likely to protect themselves against diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Among requirements she listed for quality education were both formal and non-formal teaching methods at home and in the community, indigenous knowledge in educational curricula and innovative solutions for portraying indigenous knowledge systems as equal to Western systems. Other needs include culture-based curricula appropriate to the community, curricula promoting positive aspects of indigenous cultures, and the use of indigenous languages. In addition, teachers should be familiar with indigenous cultures and languages, and use responsive and experiential teaching methods. Opening the Forum on Tuesday, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said despite a dramatic shift in global attitudes, indigenous peoples still suffered disproportionately from extreme poverty and faced serious barriers to health care and basic education. The Forum advises and makes recommendations to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on social development, economic, cultural, human rights, environmental, education and health issues.