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Michigan Bookshelf: ‘Romanies in Michigan’ – Entertainment & Life – Holland Sentinel


“Romanies in Michigan”

By Martha Aladjem Bloomfield


“Romanies in Michigan” relates the oral histories of Romanies in the United States. It focuses on the Hungarian-Slovak Romani musical community originally from Delray, Michigan, as well as others from outlying areas in and near Michigan.

Originally Romanies came from India and hundreds of years ago traveled to Europe, Latin America, the United States, and, eventually, Michigan. Their stories provide a different voice from the stereotypical articles from Michigan newspapers in the late 19th century through today that reflect law enforcement agencies’ prejudices or “racial profiling.”

“Romanies in Michigan” introduces their diverse, rich, resilient history in Michigan, based on oral histories, photographs, newspaper articles, legal documents, and other research. The book explores traditional modes of travel; Romanies’ identity, history, perspective, and challenges with non-Romanies; their feelings as a minority group; and their self-efficacy, respect, and pride in their culture and work.

Bloomfield gives workshops on oral histories and marginalized peoples to organizations, libraries, and schools. She adapts her programs to all ages and venues to inspire people to discover their own and others’ stories through their voices, artifacts, historical documents, and family photographs. 

— Michigan State University Press


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