Diversity Within: Identity and Traditionality among Irish Traveller Women


Caroline H. Miller (Indiana University)

Diversity among Irish Travellers is seldom recognized by outsiders. One example of this diversity is the extent to which one is considered a “traditional Irish Traveller.”This paper explores how and to what ends Traveller women enact and express their identity as it relates to a continuum of traditionality. This paper examines how Traveller women’s performances of traditionality intersect with their other identities by examining their interpretations of how and when they utilize various aspects of their cultural toolboxes. Additionally, this paper investigates the factors that influence which aspects of Traveller tradition are chosen as symbols of shared cultural heritage.

Part of 31-02 Women in/and the Folklore of Ireland and the U.K., Wednesday, October 20, 9:30 am–11:00 am