For years they tried to throttle her native language and demand that she speak “Proper English”. In this talk, Mary Johnson enchantingly and definitely brings her indigenous language - The Doric - back to life.
Scottish poet, Mary Johnston, was born in 1934 and brought up in rural Aberdeenshire. Doric was the only language she heard until she went to school, where she was chastised for speaking it and had to learn to speak ‘proper’ English. Mary shares some of her famous poems and touches upon the historic shame around the use of indigenous languages as well as sharing the importance of preserving cultural expression and knowledge for generations to come. Unfortunately a camera malfunction has meant the recording isn’t up to our usual standard, but it still captures the fantastic talk Mary entitled “Language is a window into the soul”. Thanks for understanding and enjoy #CMPRESERVE