The need to be heard and feel understood are part of our shared, universal human condition. A common understanding of how units of sounds and symbols are organized, written and spoken facilitate understanding and effective social interaction--such as the ability to cooperate, negotiate and compromise.Language and culture are closely intertwined--in many cases, people's nationalities are identified by the tongue in which they speak. Within communities that share a given language, dialects reveal subtle distinctions and connections. With a common basis for communicating thoughts and ideas, cultures create and pass on folklore--stories that articulate shared history, values, beliefs, practices, offering context and texture for the group's collective wisdom.
To understand the story of the Armenian writing system and Armenia’s alphabet is to have a glimpse into the heart, soul & identity of its people. One of the world’s ten oldest countries, Armenia has endured despite onslaughts from aggressors and its alphabet may well be the reason why.
Native American culture is rich with symbolism, mysticism, ceremony and creative expression. Dr. Daniel Swan has spent almost four decades immersed in Oklahoma's Native American Culture and has served as Curator of Ethnology of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and Professor of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma since 2007. Dan shares his deep appreciation for traditions such as the peyote religion of the Osage, art of the Native American Church, and explains how oral traditions are being preserved and celebrated through the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair , a program that was honored with the 2017 University Museums and Collections Award from the International Council of Museums.
Dive in to Tartu History, in Estonia's 'Culture Capital' of Tartu, which offers a window into the art, architecture and daily life of its residents. Meet two contemporary artists who share their story of fulfilling a Communist-era dream.
La Antigua Guatemala in Central America is filled with stories of mythical dark and horrific creatures that have been passed down every generation. Legends and folklore that feature sinister characters like La Llorona, La Siguanaba, El Sombreron, El Cadejo and La Tatuana. Enjoy this insightful piece written by Oscar Recinos and discover Guatemala's superstitious side while learning about when and where these creatures appear.
Discover the Great Blasket Islands and their history. Learn about the folk wisdom, religious fusions, literature and ‘the king’. Let BCD's access to and relationships with local people inform your travels & ensure authentic encounters!
Follow along the 400-mile round trip journey from Reykjavik to Vik and learn why Iceland's folklore is inspired by its gorgeous landscape. Enjoy a virtual visit to the Skogar Folk Museum which chronicles storytelling as a way of life among Icelanders. Experience the mystery and unpredictability of Iceland's weather and landscape, which are recurring themes in the country's folklore. Head for Hekla Volcano & see why ancient legends called it the Gateway to Hell. End your tour with a stop at Thingvellir National Park, home of Iceland's Parliament & site of huge historic significance and natural beauty.
Beannachdan! Interested in languages? BCD explores the re-emergence of popularity of two indigenous Scottish languages that had been scorned for centuries: Scots & Gaelic. Meet Scottish writer Gilbert Summers & Glasgow Gaelic School head teacher Donalda McComb, who recount changes in attitude toward the Scots and Gaelic languages in their lifetimes. Let BCD's access to and relationships with local people inform your travels & ensure authentic encounters.
Are you a fan of storytelling? Then sit back and let Donald Smith regale you with colorful and thought-provoking anecdotes that illustrate the power of one of mankind’s most ancient traditions. Donald is the Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre located in Edinburgh; in this lively Q&A, he discusses themes of memory, identity and connecting with ourselves, others and the environment. Donald delves into how Scottish identity is linked to landscape & the power of place, and looks at what two preeminent Scottish storytellers, Robert Louis Stevenson and John Knox, teach us about the duality of human nature.
What is Jantes Law? Is the concept of Jante Loven still relevant today in Scandinavian culture and beyond? We chatted to six locals from different countries in the Nordic region to find out how much Jantes Law really matters.
Adventure through the traditional neighborhoods of Cartagena, Colombia, home of author Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 'Magical Realism' literary genre! Meet local Iliana Restrepo Hernandez, who describes magical realism as when 'daily events are coated with the awe of the unbelievable.' Cartagena's colorful palenqueras in Plaza Santa Domingo are just one example of the city's magic.