Wales Cymru

A group for Welsh Anthropologists and Anthropologists of Wales, as well as those with research interests in Wales - - a work in progress

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Welsh Ethnography- Bibliography 4 Replies

Dear All, This discussion is intended to begin a compilation of ethnographies about Wales. If you know of one, stick it up. Better still, tell us a bit about it.Continue

Started by Elaine Forde. Last reply by Elaine Forde Mar 31, 2014.

Welsh Settlement in Patagonia- Glaniad- Yr Wladfa Gymreig ym Mhatagonia

The National Library of Wales, and Bangor uni have an interesting resource about the 19th century Welsh settlement in Patagonia (Argentina/ Chile):…Continue

Started by Elaine Forde Dec 14, 2011.

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Comment by Elaine Forde on April 26, 2015 at 5:33pm

Hi all just posted this up

it's about People's Collection, an online archive

Also, welcome Lucy although I know we have been in touch here is your formal OAC hello!

Comment by Elaine Forde on August 3, 2012 at 5:46pm

Hello group, we've been quiet here for ages, hope all's well. I've found another (newish?) digital archive of Welsh heritage, mainly photos but quite searchable.

ALl the best, Elaine

Comment by Elaine Forde on December 14, 2011 at 2:13am

Greetings, I've added a discussion on Patagonia, plus an interesting link to an archive about the settlement

regards, E

Comment by Elaine Forde on December 13, 2011 at 2:35pm

Hi chaps, how's everyone doing?

As a group, how would we feel about having a book group? We could read an article, book or chapter then disciss it here?

Perhaps we could continue with Michael's finding- The Welsh People (which I agree is not current, but I do think relic ethnographies have a role to play even if it is to be refuted), or perhaps something shorter?

I feel that if we begin a discussion of something we have all already read we can begin a nice critique of the literature on Wales and the Welsh? I know some members are based in Wales but have different research interests so the idea may not have universal appeal.

Bye for now

Comment by Elaine Forde on December 12, 2011 at 1:32am

PS Michael, when you've finished with The Welsh People, why don't you put a synopsis up in the bibliography section?

Comment by Elaine Forde on December 12, 2011 at 1:31am

Hi all,

Will- or anyone- does anyone know where the old Cantref Mawr corresponds to in modern Wales? It was the Deheubarth main seat and definitely included Dinefwr, Wikipedia has something like in between the Tywi, Teifi and Gwili but I can't narrow it down from there! Apparently it contained some very inhospitable territory so I'm wondering if it included Black Mountain and the Welsh Desert, east of Tregaron?

Did anyone know that "hwntw" is the opposite of "gog"? From ty hwnt y'r mynydd- the other side of the mountain- it's what gogs (northerners, from gogledd) call people hailing from below Cader Idris. It's all in jest I'm sure, but while I had heard of "gog" I had never heard of "hwntw". I think we are all "hwntw" here at the moment.

If you're looking for antique histories Michael it might not hurt to try Gerald Cambrensis, sort of the Golden Bough of the British Isles!

Also, welcome to our newest member, Paulrchalmers- do you already know Geoffrey Samuel? He is also based in Cardiff.

Best wishes, Elaine

Comment by Michael Kessler on December 9, 2011 at 4:52pm


I would definately agree with that, but the history that Rhys and Jones speak of seems to be well laid out.  The parts that were current of the tewnties were not what i was thinking, instead i was looking at the older information that they gathered. I'll definately look into her.



Comment by William Rathouse on December 9, 2011 at 2:20pm

I've done some research into pre-christian religion in Iron Age NW Europe but I'm no expert. Possibly the best expert is Miranda Aldhouse-Green.

I would suggest Welsh culture and society has changed significantly since the 1920s.

Comment by Michael Kessler on December 8, 2011 at 7:46pm

Hey there group,

I picked up a book in my University's library and I think it may be pertinant to the group. It's an older book,The Welsh Peopleby John Rhys and David Brynmor Jones. The copy I've checked out is from the early 1920s. I'm trying to get to it and through it, but for the next couple of days I'm very busy, but I was hoping this might be the sort of book we were looking to find.

Thank you,


Comment by Michael Kessler on December 6, 2011 at 7:57pm


I do indeed, but as for now it seems that would be a little farther in my future than I'd like, hahaha. I was thinking the same thing when I found this group and I'm glad to have the opportunity to learn.



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