A very thoughtful exploration of “tradition” – its enduring power, dangers and relevance in charting the future.
Originally posted on Anthony McCann's writings on this, that and th'other:
2011. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics 4(1):75-92
“Our study must push beyond things to meanings, and grope through meanings to values. Study must rise to perplex and stand to become part of a critical endeavour. We study others so their humanity will bring our own into awareness, so the future will be better than the past” (Glassie, 1995:xiv).
Personal Prologue 
“I rhyme to see myself, to set the darkness echoing” (Seamus Heaney, ‘Personal Helicon’, 1966).
My father passed away last year . As I think on his passing, I find myself reaching out to understand what it has meant to be a son. What it still means. I find myself searching for words to express what I learned from the man I loved as a friend…
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