Bodies of Knowledge

Apr 22, 2015 by

Since I posted “Political Bodies” there has been a lively debate over my viewpoint and the viewpoint of other Romani. As...

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Political Bodies

Apr 16, 2015 by

I’m not a well-known Romani figure and I’m not particularly well-educated, but with news this month of a new Romani...

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Trauma and Telling / povreda t...

Apr 1, 2015 by

Maami Babka never spoke about the traumas that haunted her dreams, except in abstracts and fairy tales about the hungry smoke, the...

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Whispers / šuškišagos

Mar 27, 2015 by

“The trees whisper secrets,” my mother said. “If you listen, they’ll tell you stories.” I spent hours...

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One Little Letter / jekh cikni...

Mar 17, 2015 by

According to the BBC’s “Journalism News Style Guide”: Gypsy/gypsy   For ethnic Gypsies in the UK, we...

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Choices / avrikidne

Mar 10, 2015 by

The divide I see between the US and the Europe in terms of Romani self-actualization and autonomy is astonishing. Maslow’s...

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Shame / ladžavipe

Mar 9, 2015 by

“I’m ashamed,” daj would say randomly as she worked. I never understood what she meant. The divisions in my family,...

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A story: Three Sisters / jekh ...

Feb 20, 2015 by

A little girl asked me for a story this week, so I told her one my grandmother said, “a long time ago, even longer than you can...

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Reading Recommendations:

Feb 18, 2015 by

Several people have asked me what I’m reading and since I’ve been meaning to write a couple of book reviews too,...

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Performing Gypsy

Feb 13, 2015 by

Before Maami Babka would leave the house, she would meticulously cover her hair with a dikhlo – a beautiful red or orange...

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In the beginning was a word / ...

Feb 1, 2015 by

My grandfather told me that when the first Rom was eaten by a dragon, the sun cried and created the sea. My grandmother told me that...

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Old Songs, Old Women, Old Wine...

Jan 22, 2015 by

“Te miri daj merlas, mange nakazinlas, joj, de kajses romes te lav, joj, de se man pačiv dela” My grandmother’s...

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