A lone man wanders from swamp to swamp searching for himself, a wolf-girl visits Wales and eats the sheep, a Welsh criminal marries an ‘Indian Princess’, Lakota men re-enact the Wounded Knee massacre in Cardiff, and mountain women practice Appalachian hoodoo, native healing and Welsh witchcraft.
These stories are a mixture of true tales, tall tales and folk tales, that tell of the lives of migrants who left Wales and settled in America, of the native and enslaved people who had long been living there, and those curious travellers who returned to find their roots in the old country. They were explorers, miners, dreamers, hobos, tourists, farmers, radicals, showmen, sailors, soldiers, witches, warriors, wolf-girls, poets, preachers, prospectors, political dissidents, social reformers, and wayfaring strangers. The Cherokee called them, ‘The Moon-Eyed People’.
The stories here tell of the past and present migrations of people between and within Wales and America. There are no ends or beginnings, no comforting morals, no boundary walls, and certainly no happy ever afters. They are snapshots of easily forgotten lives, a photographic album full of yellow-stained sepia images in a chronological jumble all of their own. These are folk histories, stories of people with confused identities, who developed roots in more than one culture.
Tickets for the talk can be pre-booked at the museum so please do contact us if you wish to attend. You can contact at anytime via email (email@example.com) or via telephone (01834 842809) between Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets for the talk are £5 (or £4 with a Friends of Tenby Museum membership card).
The event is part of the Welsh Government Winter of Wellbeing programme.