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Stòras Beò: Hughena

Hughena MacDonald is the next interviewee in this series of conversations with Archie Campbell.

In Part 1, Hughena talks about her family background and her happy memories of growing up and going to various schools in Uist and Benbecula, including her experience of coming across computers for the first time when Sgoil Lìonacleit opened.

This was followed by a spell in Stornoway where she studied at the college and did part-time work, including with Radio nan Gàidheal. On returning to Uist she worked in various places, and raised a family. She describes how she enjoys working with people, and how she likes to relax afterwards.

You can read the wordlinked transcript here on Clilstore: http://multidict.net/cs/7915

In Part 2, discussion of the importance of Hughena’s faith to her leads onto broader reminiscence over customs and traditions in the days of her childhood, when casual visits to and from neighbours would be more frequent, often related to crofting matters. Hughena describes early memories of collecting and eating shellfish from the shore, and of baking skills less often put to use these days now that so much is so easily available in the shops. The conversation finishes with some discussion of the strength of Gaelic use in her family, how she’s passed it on successfully to her children, and the value of now encouraging older community members to share their spoken skills, while acknowledging the challenges involved in recording them.

The Clilstore transcript is available here: http://multidict.net/cs/7916

Categories: CALL, Community, Research, Video
  1. catrionablack2014
    07/11/2019 at 3:58 pm

    Abair còmhradh snog! Chòrd e gu mòr rium.


  2. 08/11/2019 at 3:14 pm

    Chuala mi riamh nach robh an uidhir sin Gàidhlig ann am Beinn a’ Bhaoghla, bho chionn’s gun robh an t-arm ann a shiodach agus gun do scap à-san a’ Bheurla timcheall na sgìre. Ach gu deimhinne tha còmhradh siubhlach fileanta Hughena a’ nochdadh nach eil sin idir fìor. Fhuair mi tlachd mhòr as an agallamh seo! Mealaibh ur nàidheachd.

  3. Steaphan MacRisnidh
    08/11/2019 at 3:24 pm

    Reblogged this on An t-Oide.

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