‘The Image of Scotland which We Cherish in Our Hearts’: Burns Anniversary Celebrations in Colonial Otago

Bueltmann, Tanja (2012) ‘The Image of Scotland which We Cherish in Our Hearts’: Burns Anniversary Celebrations in Colonial Otago. Immigrants and Minorities, 30 (1). pp. 78-97. ISSN 0261-9288

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02619288.2011.651333


Scottish migrants fostered a range of cultural activities in the new worlds in which they settled, thereby identifying themselves as a distinct ethnic group. Celebrations of Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns, were the one recurring theme within all sites of settlement. The iconic figure of Burns is, in fact, central to the formulation, expression and commemoration of a Scottish cultural identity around the world. The present article explores the function of Burns celebrations in colonial Otago, the Scottish heartland of New Zealand. The celebrations were a key part of the Scots' associational culture in Otago, serving as an important social occasion within the Scottish community bounds and in wider Otago society. Moreover, the celebrations were effective sites of memory, employing familiar memory narratives and practices; these framed events and provided the initial common denominator that bound Scots and non-Scots together.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Robert Burns, Scottish diaspora, Burns clubs, site of memory, cultural memory
Subjects: V100 History by period
V200 History by area
V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2012 14:59
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:28
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5992

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