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Welsh with a Spanish accent

19/10/2009

Patagonia

For a week during October Walter Brooks, research assistant and language tutor at the School of Welsh, will be attending The American Folklore Society’s Annual Conference in Boise, Idaho. The American Folklore Society studies and communicates knowledge about folklore throughout the world, organising and funding various projects in the field. This year, the theme of the annual conference at the Boise Centre is “Examining the Ethics of Place”. Various papers and presentations will be delivered, examining the ways in which folk cultures interact with the physical environment.

Walter’s focus of research is the Welsh settlement in Patagonia. He will be a panel member in a session called “Welsh with a Spanish Accent:  Research, Documentation and Identity in Welsh Patagonia”. In October 2008, Walter joined a team of videographers from the Smithsonian Museum who spent ten days filming the annual Eisteddfod in Trelew, Patagonia. He will be talking about his experiences and discussing what can and cannot be learnt in such a short filming period.